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Iraqi troops, Shiite militiamen push into Islamic State-held Tikrit
Iraqi troops, Shiite militiamen push into Islamic State-held Tikrit

Iraqi government troops and allied militiamen battled their way Wednesday into the city of Tikrit, threatening to deal a punishing blow to Islamic State militants in the hometown of former strongman Saddam Hussein. Pro-government forces entered the city's northern Qadisiya district and raised the Iraqi flag over government buildings amid cheers and rounds of celebratory gunfire, according to Al Iraqiya, the nation's semiofficial news service. The governor of surrounding Salahuddin province, Raed Jabouri, predicted a “great victory” and declared that troops would soon be thrusting into the center of the strategic and heavily symbolic city, 80 miles north of...

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