Iraq forces launch push for insurgent-held city

June 28, 2014 7:52 PM

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government launched its biggest push yet to wrest back ground lost to Sunni militants, as soldiers backed by tanks and helicopter gunships began an offensive Saturday to retake the northern city of Tikrit.

There were conflicting reports as to just how much headway the Iraqi military made in its initial thrust toward Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein. Residents said militants were still in control of the city by nightfall, while Iraqi officials said the troops had reached the outskirts and even en...

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