Iraqi military in fierce clashes with the Islamic State group in Iraq's Tikrit

March 12, 2015 8:15 AM

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Iraqi military in fierce clashes with the Islamic State group in Iraq's Tikrit

In this still image taken from video soldiers fire towards a target in Tikrit, Iraq on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen entered the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit on Wednesday, authorities said, breaching one of the biggest strongholds of the extremists in a key test for Iraqi forces. U.S. military and intelligence officials are voicing increasing pessimism about a key tenet of the Obama administration’s strategy to dislodge the Islamic State group and stabilize Iraq. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

In this March 11, 2015, photo, mourners chant slogans against the Islamic State group during the funeral procession of three members of a Shiite group, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, who were killed in Tikrit while fighting Islamic militants, in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south...

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