Iraq targets ISIS stronghold, Tikrit

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Iraq targets ISIS stronghold, Tikrit


About 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia, backed by aircraft, pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit, one of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) strongholds. While advancing northward in a bid to recapture from ISIS the hometown of deposed leader Saddam Hussein, troops are eyeing their toughest target yet. The broadest operation since ISIS took over large parts of the country last June would be a step towards the liberation of Mosul, the main hub of jihadists in Iraq.

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