Iraq seizes town on outskirts of Tikrit

March 11, 2015 2:25 AM

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Iraq seizes town on outskirts of Tikrit

BAGHDAD: Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen captured a town Tuesday on the outskirts of the ISIS-held city of Tikrit, sealing off Saddam Hussein’s hometown in preparation to confront the extremists in one of their biggest strongholds, officials said.

Seizing Al-Alam puts the offensive on course to attempt to liberate Tikrit in the coming days, the ultimate battle-readiness test for Iraqi forces now advancing there without the support of U.S.-led airstrikes. Their operation will likely set the stage for how Iraq attempts to retake the more-densel...

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