Members of the militant group “Islamic State” in Tikrit are preparing to stage their last stand, as Iraqi forces and Shiite militia tighten their grip on the city. The Islamist group has played down their losses.
Iraqi forces were gearing up to move further into Tikrit on Friday, but said they were adopting a strategy of caution as they approached the city from all sides.
“Islamic State” (IS) played down news that it had sustained losses and was moving out of Tikrit, stating that losses it had made so far were an ordinary part of warfare.
The US-based Institute for the Study of War claims that local residents are suspected of involvement in the apparent mass execution of some 1,200 Shiite recruits captured last year by IS.
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