Iraqi minister: Offensive to take Islamic State-held Tikrit pauses to allow civilians to leave

March 16, 2015 9:53 AM

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Iraqi minister: Offensive to take Islamic State-held Tikrit pauses to allow civilians to leave

Young volunteer militia pose for a picture before going into battle against Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Smoke rises as the sun sets after clashes at the front line in the Qadisiyah neighborhood in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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