Iraqi forces enter IS-held Tikrit after 10-day push

Iraqi fighters from government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units gather at the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Tikrit during an operation to take control of the city from jihadists of the Islamic state (IS) group, on March 11, 2015Iraqi forces have entered Tikrit, dodging bombs and sniper fire in search of their biggest victory yet against embattled jihadists who tried to light new fires elsewhere in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State group has suffered stinging defeats in the heart of its self-proclaimed “caliphate” recently, but its ultraviolent ideology has inspired attacks and recruits globally.

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