Iraqi forces take part of northern Tikrit district: governor

March 11, 2015 11:35 AM

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and militia fighters captured part of Tikrit's northern Qadisiya district on Wednesday in their first advance into the city seized nine months ago by Islamic State militants, security officials and the provincial governor said.

"The governor of Salahuddin announces the purging of half of Qadisiya district, the largest of Tikrit's neighborhoods," a statement from governor Raed al-Jubouri's office said.

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