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Iraqi forces, Iranian militias launch key attack on Islamic State
Iraqi forces, Iranian militias launch key attack on Islamic State

Thousands of Iraqi troops backed by Iranian-trained Shiite Muslim militias pushed north Monday toward Tikrit, Iraq, marking a major offensive to wrest control of the strategic and heavily symbolic city from the militant group Islamic State. The attack, involving more than 20,000 fighters along with air power, tanks and artillery, appeared to be the most concerted effort to date to expel the extremists from one of their major urban strongholds. Helping to spearhead the assault were Shiite militiamen whose presence and ties to Shiite Iran could stoke sectarian tension tearing Iraq apart in what is likely to be a bloody thrust against a largely Sunni Muslim area. About 2,000 Sunni militia...

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