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Iraqi Forces Press Offensive to Retake Tikrit

Iraqi security forces on Friday pressed on with their massive offensive to retake Tikrit, where fighters from the Islamic State group are besieged and have reportedly begun to lose ground. Baghdad officials continue to express confidence they will soon completely retake the city, which has strategic and symbolic value as the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. As many as 30,000 Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia members have surrounded the city and have...

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