Iraq forces battle to recapture Tikrit from ‘Islamic State’

Iraq has begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit from the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group, according to state television.

Iraq’s state television Al-Iraqiya television said on Monday that government forces – backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters – were attacking the city of Tikrit, with the support of artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets.

Militants were reported to have been dislodged from some areas outside the city, but there were no further details.

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Forces in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region are also making gains against the IS. Similarly, in Syria, Kurdish fighters recently ran the group out of Kobani, a city on the Turkish-Syrian border.
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Source News: DW