Iraqi troops recapture central Tikrit from ‘Islamic State’

Iraq’s prime minister says government troops have retaken central Tikrit from “Islamic State” militants. The month-long battle for the city is the government’s largest military operation yet against the jihadist group.

Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias and US-led airstrikes have driven “Islamic State” (IS) fighters from Tikrit’s downtown, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Tuesday.
Security forces had taken control of western and southern neighborhoods before closing in on the city center, the statement said.

“Iraqi forces reached the center of Tikrit, raised the Iraqi flag and are now clearing the city,” Abadi’s spokesman Rafid Jaboori told news agency AFP.
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