Iraqi forces try to seal off IS around Tikrit

March 4, 2015 1:45 AM

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BAGHDAD - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq’s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the militants.

Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who has helped coordinate Baghdad’s counter-attacks against Islamic State since it seized much of northern Iraq in June, was overseeing at least part of the operation, witnesses told Reuters.

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