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Pro-Iraqi government forces push Tikrit offensive after U.S. airstrikes

Pro-Iraqi government forces push Tikrit offensive after U.S. airstrikes

Pro-Iraqi government forces Thursday relaunched their offensive to remove Islamic State extremists from the city of Tikrit shortly after U.S. airstrikes requested by the country’s officials hit the area. The offensive, which began early this month but had stalled, was renewed without participation by many of the Shiite militias that had supported government forces, because they objected to U.S. involvement. Prime Minister Haider Abadi met late Thursday with military leaders near Tikrit, the hometown of late strongman Saddam Hussein, for a report on their progress after the airstrikes began late the day before. Abadi had said earlier that Iraqi forces began what he called a...

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