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Shiite militias, Iraqi troops enter central Tikrit | @billroggio @Weissenberg7 @LongWarJournal

Shiite militias, Iraqi troops enter central Tikrit | @billroggio @Weissenberg7 @LongWarJournal

Asaib al Haq, an Iranian-backed militia that has several leaders listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, flies its distinctive flag over Tikrit. Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias entered central Tikrit alongside Iraqi troops today after days of US airstrikes weakened Islamic State forces holed up in the city. The militias entered Tikrit despite US military officials’ claims the the groups had disengaged from the fight. The militias and Iraqi troops took control of the governor’s compound and the hospital in the city center, Reuters reported . “Our security forces have reached the center of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and western sides and they are moving towards the control of the whole city,” Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi said, according to a statement that was obtained by the news agency. Both Asaib al Haq (the League of the Right...

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