Iraq army advances towards rebel-held Tikrit

Aljazeera, August 19, 2014: “Iraq army advances towards rebel-held Tikrit”

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake Tikrit, the hometown of toppled President Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State fighters.

Al Jazeera sources reported that the troops were advancing from the south and southwest and heavy clashes with the armed group were taking place 10km from the the city, capital of Salahidin province and located about 200km north of Baghdad.

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