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10 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Iraq special forces advance in Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday as U.S.-led coalition planes joined the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city. Coalition jets launched their first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit on Wednesday, coming off the sidelines to aid Iraqi forces against the ...

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11 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups

Iraqi Shiite militias accused Washington Thursday of hijacking the operation to retake Tikrit, threatening a mass pullout even as regular government forces pressed a final assault. The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group launched its first air strikes on Tikrit late Wednesday, in what Washington and Baghdad have described as a potential game-changer in a stalled operation. Iran had ...

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11 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Iran-Backed Shiite Militias In Iraq Contradict U.S. About Their Role In Battle For Tikrit

Iraqi security forces and al-Hashid al-Shabi forces prepare in Tikrit to stage an attack with heavy weapons on March 26. (Photo by Ali Mohammed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) TIKRIT, Iraq -- The United States insists its airstrikes on Islamic State-held Tikrit are only meant to enable and back up Iraqi forces, and that all Iran-supported Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront ...

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14 HOURS AGO - Reuters

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Iraq special forces advance on Tikrit, U.S. coalition joins fight

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces advanced on central Tikrit on Thursday, backed by U.S.-led coalition planes in the largest offensive yet against Islamic State militants holding out in Saddam Hussein's home city.

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16 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Iraqi Shiite militias 'pulled back' from Tikrit: US

Washington (AFP) - Iraq's Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront of an offensive to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists, allowing Baghdad government troops to take the lead, a top US general said Thursday.

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