Iraqi forces regain control of Tikrit from Islamic State

(VOVworld) – Iraqi forces have recaptured Tikrit city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State with the support of Sunni and Shiite militiamen. Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said Saturday that Iraqi security forces conducted a large offensive in Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province in northern Baghdad, involving artillery, tanks, fighter jets, militiamen, and volunteers.

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Iraqi forces are pounding Islamic State positions as they try to encircle Tikrit. (Photo: Reuters)

Tikrit is one of IS key strongholds on its way to enter Baghdad and prevent Iraqi forces from moving to Mosul, a big IS-held city in the north.

On Saturday, authorities said IS used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against their Peshmerga fighters. The alleged chemical attack took place in January on a road between Mosul city and the Syrian border.

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