Iraqi troops take step forward in bid to re-seize Tikrit

Iraqi forces have retaken a town near the city of Tikrit, a possible step toward seizing back the Islamist militant stronghold. Shiite militia have been accused of burning homes in the predominantly Sunni region.

Iraqi troops aided by Shiite militia known as Hashid Shaabi were reported to have wrested back control of the town of Alam from “Islamic State” (IS) militant fighters.
Alam’s mayor, Laith al-Jubouri, told the Reuters news agency by telephone that IS had been driven out of town by the advancing forces.

“I am speaking now from al-Alam and I announce officially that the town is under the total control of security forces, the Hashid Shaabi units and local tribal fighters,” al-Jubouri said.
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Source News: DW