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Air strikes trigger final push on Iraq's Tikrit

Iraqi Sunni fighters stand at a checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Alam, a flashpoint town north of Tikrit on March 22, 2015Iraqi government forces revived a stalled ground operation to retake Tikrit Thursday following US-led air strikes that paved the way but left the anti-jihadist camp deeply divided. Wary of being seen as cosying up to Iran’s proxies, Washington conditioned its intervention on an enhanced role for regular government forces in the fight against the Islamic State group. The Tehran-backed paramilitary groups that had done the heavy lifting in the Tikrit operation so far threatened to pull out of it completely, accusing the US of “hijacking victory”. The operation to retake Tikrit was launched on March 2 but had failed to dislodge a relatively small number of IS fighters who have hemmed themselves in with thousands of bombs for a last stand in the city centre.

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