Iraqi forces try to seal off ISIS around Tikrit

March 3, 2015 12:57 PM

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Iraqi forces try to seal off ISIS around Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants.

Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who has helped co-ordinate 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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