Iraqi forces enter IS-held Tikrit

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Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen have entered the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit, the home town of Saddam Hussein.

Allied Iraqi forces entered Tikrit through its northern Qadisiyya neighbourhood, according to an official who said hidden bombs and snipers slowed the troops’ progress.

Video obtained by The Associated Press showed troops and militiamen marching alongside Humvees flying Iraqi military and Shiite militia flags in the city.

Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province, lies about 80 miles north of Baghdad. It is one of the largest cities held by Islamic State militants and lies on the road connecting Baghdad to Mosul. Retaking it will give Iraqi forces a major supply link to retake Mosul.

Iranian military advisers have been helping guide Iraqi forces. The US says its allied coalition carrying out airstrikes targeting the extremists have not been involved in the Tikrit offensive.

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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