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Iraqi forces launch attempt to retake city of Tikrit from Islamic State
Iraqi forces launch attempt to retake city of Tikrit from Islamic State

Thousands of Iraqi forces backed by air power and tanks pushed north Monday toward the city of Tikrit, part of a major offensive to wrest control of the heavily symbolic town from the militant group Islamic State. Tikrit was the hometown of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi strongman deposed by the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, and remains a bastion of Sunni Muslim Iraqis opposed to the Shiite Muslim-led government in Baghdad. Fighters of Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, overran the town in June as they swept through much of the Sunni heartland of northern and central Iraq. The jihadist group formed alliances with Sunni fighters in the area. The bid to recapture Tikrit, about 100...

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