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Fight For Tikrit Rages On In Iraq

Members of the popular mobilization unit attend a combat training session at a military camp in the Iraqi Shiite shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on March 12, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the popular mobilization unit attend a combat training session at a military camp in the Iraqi Shiite shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on March 12, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit today, as Iraqi security forces clashed with ISIS fighters, a day after sweeping into the Sunni city north of Baghdad.

Recapturing Tikrit is seen as a key step toward rolling back the extremist group, which seized much of northern and western Iraq last summer and now controls about a third of Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi troops and allied Shiite militiamen backed by Iran entered Tikrit for the first time Wednesday from the north and south. For the latest, Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson turns to Mitchell Prothero in Irbil, Iraq, who is covering the conflict for McClatchy Newspapers.

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