Iraq Forces Look to Claw Back City From Insurgents

June 29, 2014 7:26 AM

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Iraq Forces Look to Claw Back City From Insurgents

Iraqi forces backed by tanks and helicopter gunships have started battling insurgents in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, one of two major cities seized by Sunni militants during a rapid advance across the north earlier this month.

There were conflicting reports as to how far the military advanced in its initial thrust toward the northern city. Residents said militants were still in control of the city by nightfall Saturday, while Iraqi security officials said troops had reached the outskirts and the provincial governor said t...

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