Iraqi forces slowed by snipers and bombs in Tikrit




 
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March 12th, 2015  
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Topic: Iraqi forces slowed by snipers and bombs in Tikrit


By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and mainly Shi'ite militia fought Islamic State fighters in Tikrit on Thursday, a day after they pushed into Saddam Hussein's home city in their biggest offensive yet against the militants. Three Islamic State insurgents were killed but the army and militias struggled to advance from parts of the city which they took 24 hours earlier. Islamic State fighters stormed into Tikrit last June during a lightning offensive that was halted just outside Baghdad. They have since used the complex of palaces built in Tikrit under Saddam, the executed former president, as their headquarters.




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