Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held city of Tikrit, official and witness say

March 11, 2015 12:41 PM

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BAGHDAD – An Iraqi official and a witness say Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen have entered the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein.

The local official in Iraq's Salaheddin province said Wednesday that allied Iraqi forces entered Tikrit through its northern Qadisiyya neighborhood. He said hidden bombs and snipers slowed the troops' progress.

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