Iraqi forces push into Tikrit, bombers hit Ramadi

March 11th, 2015  
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Topic: Iraqi forces push into Tikrit, bombers hit Ramadi

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and militias fought their way into Saddam Hussein's home city of Tikrit on Wednesday, advancing from the north and south in their biggest counter-offensive so far against Islamic State militants. In a possible response to the fighting north of Baghdad, militants in the Islamic State stronghold of Anbar west of the capital launched 13 suicide car bomb attacks on army and security positions in the provincial capital of Ramadi. Army and militia fighters captured part of Tikrit's northern Qadisiya district, the provincial governor said, while in the south of the Tigris river city a security officer said another force made a rapid push toward the center. "The forces entered Tikrit general hospital," an official at the main military operation command center said.


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