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Shiite militias in Iraq rejoin fight to oust Islamic State from Tikrit
Shiite militias in Iraq rejoin fight to oust Islamic State from Tikrit

Shiite Muslim militias on Monday rejoined Iraqi government forces in their battle to gain control of the strategic central city of Tikrit, after a four-day retreat to protest a U.S.-led coalition's intervention in the campaign. Until last week, the irregular Shiite forces, known as the Popular Mobilization, had formed the backbone of the Iraqi government's effort to retake Tikrit from Islamic State extremists who have controlled the hometown of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein since staging a lightning sweep across Iraq last year. The U.S.-led coalition conducted 17 airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday at the request of the Iraqi Defense Ministry, reversing a...

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