Fighting rages around Iraq’s Tikrit in major government offensive
Thousands of Iraqi troops and militia are continuing to attack strongholds of the extremist group “IS” north of Baghdad. It is one of the biggest offensives yet against the jihadists.
Iraqi government troops and allied militia, backed by warplanes, on Tuesday pressed on with a major offensive against positions held by the Islamist radical group “Islamic State” in Salahuddin province.
‘IS’ fighters control several locations in the region, including Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, and have so far resisted several attempts to dislodge them from the city.
Advancing ground forces are being backed by air strikes launched by the Iraqi air force.
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Source News: DW