Iraqi troops pause battle for Tikrit, await reinforcements

March 14, 2015 11:12 PM

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces and mainly Shia militiamen battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants paused their offensive for a second day on Saturday as they awaited reinforcements, a military source said.

More than 20,000 troops and Iranian-backed Shia fighters entered Tikrit on Wednesday, having retaken areas to the north and south in a campaign launched almost two weeks ago, Iraq’s biggest offensive against the militants yet.

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