Tikrit - updates

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ISIS attack on Iraq police trainees kills 12 – officials

Jan 03, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Islamic State targets a police force from Nineveh that was undergoing training at the Speicher military base

The Islamic State claims another attack in Iraq, this time against police trainees. File photo by AFP

Finnish court holds twins in custody over Iraq massacre

Dec 11, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The 23 year old twins from Iraq whose names have not been disclosed are accused of shooting dead 11 unarmed captives during a massacre in the Iraqi city of Tikrit in June 2014

Iraq forces retake government HQ in Tikrit from ISIS

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:59 PM

It is the most significant advance in Tikrit since a pro government operation to retake the city on March 2

TIKRIT. Iraqi forces take up position near Tikrit, northern Iraq, 26 March 2015. Baraa Kanaan/EPA

France launches first bombing strike against ISIS in Tikrit

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:24 PM

Officials did not specify whether jets or drones staged the strikes

Minister says Iraq halts Tikrit operation to avoid losses

Mar 17, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Iraqi forces halt a massive operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State ISIS group to avoid casualties and protect infrastructure

A picture made available on 16 March 2015 shows Iraqi soldiers inspecting the scene of clashes with Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in eastern Tikrit city, north of Iraq, 15 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraqi forces enter ISIS-held Tikrit after 10-day push

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:55 AM

A combination of army police and volunteer forces move into northern and southern Tikrit the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and a main ISIS stronghold

Fallujah residents inspect a house damaged in an apparent airstrike carried out by the Iraqi army on Fallujah, Iraq, 10 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:35 PM

Concern mount over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces are trying to trap Islamic State ISIS group jihadists

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance

Mar 04, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Outnumbered and outgunned the jihadists who have held Tikrit since June 2014 have been resorting to guerrilla tactics to disrupt the government s advance

READY FOR ACTION. Volunteers from Iraqi Shiite militia take up position near Tikrit city, northern Iraq, 02 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Iraq forces take on Tikrit in biggest operation yet

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Iraqi government forces have been working their way north in recent months notching up key victories against ISIS but Tikrit is their toughest target yet

TAKING COVER. Volunteer Shiite fighters, known as the Popular Mobilisation units, who support the Iraqi government forces in the combat against the Islamic State (ISIS) group fire a Howitzer artillery canon in the village of Awaynat near the city of Tikrit on February 28, 2015. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq PM urges forces to spare civilians in Tikrit battle

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:48 AM

Haider al Abadi: The priority we gave to the armed forces and all the forces taking part alongside them is to preserve the security of citizens

Iraqi soldiers stand on a damaged tank during fighting against ISIS militants near Tikrit, northern Iraq, 24 February 2015. Ali Mohammed/EPA

Iraq jihadists blow up mosque, booby-trap church in Tikrit

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:24 PM

ISIS advocates a return to the origins of Islam but also considers worshiping at graves to be tantamount to idolatry and has blown up several revered shrines across the country

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Iraq forces advance into militant-held Tikrit: officials

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Security forces began the attack on Tuesday morning and have succeeded in retaking government facilities in the city s south

Abducted Indian nurses in Iraq freed, to return home

Jul 04, 2014 - 8:44 PM

The nurses are now heading for the city of Arbil the Kurdish regional capital where they are set to board a specially chartered plane for India

Clashes near Tikrit as Iraqi troops strike back

Jun 29, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Iraqi forces press a campaign to retake militant held Tikrit clashing with Sunni fighters nearby and pounding positions inside the city with air strikes in their biggest counter offensive so far

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

US 'looking at all options' in Iraq – Obama

Jun 13, 2014 - 9:38 AM

US officials refuse to say publicly what military options are being considered except to rule out sending troops back into the country invaded by the US in 2003

TALKS. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a meeting with US President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Oval Office on November 1, 2013. Photo by AFP

Militants kill at least 5 Iraqi journalists in TV assault

Dec 23, 2013 - 10:50 PM

At least 5 employees were also wounded

At least 64 killed in Iraq violence

Jul 29, 2013 - 9:03 PM

Attacks including car bombs mainly targeting Shiite majority areas of Iraq killed at least 54 people on Monday officials said

IRAQ BOMBINGS. Iraqi citizens and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the impoverished district of Sadr City in Baghdad on July 29, 2013, after 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah to the south of the capital. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Attacks kill 9 north of Baghdad

Jun 22, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Attacks north of Baghdad killed 9 on Saturday stoking fears of full blown sectarian war in Iraq