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US to hold Iraqi forces to account in Tikrit

Iraqi security forces celebrate retaking the city of Tikrit, on April 1, 2015 from the Islamic State groupThe United States is closely monitoring Iraqi forces in Tikrit amid allegations of human rights abuses committed by Baghdad’s troops and allied fighters in an assault to retake the city, a US military official said. It was “unclear” if executions and other alleged atrocities had taken place, the senior military official told reporters, but “that’s exactly what we’re going to be watching” for as Iraqi forces move to secure Tikrit. Iraqi troops backed by paramilitary groups and US-led air strikes took back Tikrit from the IS group last week. The United States agreed to provide air power to back up the assault on the IS in Tikrit after the Iraqi government assured Washington it had full control over all forces involved in the operation.

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