Iraq launches assault to recapture Tikrit

March 2, 2015 3:40 PM

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Kirkuk: Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit on Monday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Daesh militants main strongholds.

Government forces have been working their way north in recent months, notching up key victories against Daesh but Tikrit, which has resisted them several times, is their toughest target yet.

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