Baghdad seeks airstrikes to rid Tikrit of IS; Saddam tomb leveled

March 16, 2015 8:24 PM

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BAGHDAD: Iraq said on Monday it had put its Tikrit offensive on hold and senior officials called for more airstrikes to dislodge Islamic State militants who have laid explosives across the city and still hold its central districts.

The offensive, the largest yet against insurgents who swept through northern Iraq in June, has been stalled for four days after Iraqi security forces and mainly Shiite militia pushed into Tikrit last week.

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