Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

March 5, 2015 8:38 AM

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Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Around 30,000 security forces and allied fighters launched Monday the biggest anti-IS ground operation yet in Iraq, closing in on Tikrit from at least three directions.

A senior commander said operations were focused on cutting supply lines of weapons and reinforcements to the militants, who seized the city since June.

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