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Iraqi forces battle to drive jihadists from Saddam's home town
Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 6 Minutes ago | Ahmed Rasheed and Michael Georgy

Posted on 08/19/2014 3:29:29 AM PDT by GonzoII

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Tuesday to drive Islamic State fighters out of Tikrit, hometown of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, while the militants warned they would attack Americans "in any place".

In Geneva, the United Nations refugee agency said it was starting a major aid operation to get supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting in northern Iraq.

Buoyed by an operation to recapture a strategic dam from the jihadists after two months of setbacks, Iraqi army units backed by Shi'ite militias fought their way towards the centre of Tikrit, a city 130 km (80 miles) north of Baghdad which is a stronghold of the Sunni Muslim minority. "Our forces are advancing from two directions with a cover from army helicopters, mortar and artillery shelling the positions of the Islamic State fighters in and around the city," an army major in the operations room told Reuters.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; tikrit
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1 posted on 08/19/2014 3:29:29 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

well, that was a short-lived marriage of convenience between the Saddam’s former officers, the tikritis, and IS
It was only a matter of time before the foreigners raped and butchered the wrong villagers

Looks like the party’s ending for the beheaders

2 posted on 08/19/2014 3:38:02 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf

The beheaders deserve nothing but beheadings themselves.

3 posted on 08/19/2014 3:56:42 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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