Iraqi forces resume offensive in Tikrit, pound Islamic State targets

By REUTERS
March 25, 2015 22:54

 
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BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces pounded Islamic State positions in Tikrit on Wednesday, resuming an offensive that had stalled for almost two weeks as US-led coalition planes prepared to strike Saddam Hussein's home city.

"Military operations in Tikrit started at around 9 p.m. local time by pounding Islamic State positions with artillery, mortars and Katyusha rockets," said provincial council member Hadi al-Khazraji.

Two military officers in the city confirmed Iraqi forces were shelling the militants.

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