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Iraqi army says Tikrit next target after Baiji

Iraqi troops and members of the Kurdish and Shiite militias hold a checkpoint in the ethnically mixed Diyala province, after recapturing the Al-Udhaim dam from Islamic State (IS) group militants on November 14, 2014The Iraqi army’s next target is to isolate militants holding the city of Tikrit, after having broken the Islamic State group’s hold on Baiji and its refinery, a senior officer said Monday. “Over the next three days, we will work on reinforcing our capacity because we are planning to clear areas on three sides of Tikrit,” an army brigadier general said. Tikrit, the hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein, is the second largest Iraqi city under IS control. The town of Baiji lies north of Tikrit along the Tigris River and the brigadier general said Iraqi forces would also close in on the key city from Samarra to the south and from eastern regions.

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