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Iraqi defense minister declares victory in city of Tikrit
Iraqi defense minister declares victory in city of Tikrit

A top Iraqi official on Wednesday declared victory in the fight to push the militant group Islamic State out of Tikrit, though there were reports that gunfire continued in the northern city. Defense Minister Khaled Obeidi made the declaration in a pomp-ridden video broadcast on state channels and social media, saying pro-government forces had achieved a "brilliant victory" not only in the city about 90 miles north of Baghdad but in surrounding Salahuddin province. "The men have accomplished the mission and fulfilled the promise ... by liberating Salahuddin province and purifying it from the obscenity of the [Islamic State] fighters," he said.  The Defense...

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