Iraq Army Victory in Tikrit
BBC – Iraq’s army has routed Sunni militants in a major offensive on the northern city of Tikrit, state media say.
State television said the governor’s HQ had been recaptured and 60 fighters from the Isis militant group killed.
A spokesman for the rebels confirmed heavy fighting but implied the attack had failed, saying they were pursuing what was left of the army offensive.
The rebels control large swathes of the north and west after lightning raids that captured the second city, Mosul.
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