Iraqi forces liberate central Tikrit from Daesh: PM

Published March 31st, 2015 - 03:33 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Tuesday Iraqi forces have reclaimed central Tikrit, liberating the area of Daesh (ISIS), Reuters reported. But the fight to take control of the entire town continues.

The country's troops have been engaged in a month-long battle for Saddam Hussein's hometown, which has been slowed by roadside bombs planted by the extremist militant group. At least three neighborhoods remain under Daesh's control, according to Reuters.

"Our security forces have reached the center of Tikrit and they have liberated the southern and western sides," Abadi said in a statement. "They are moving towards the control of the whole city."

Security forces, helped by Shiite paramilitary troops, took over the governor's headquarters and the city's main hospital.

While Iraqi forces made significant gains at the beginning of the month, Daesh's planted explosives and sniper attacks slowed down their progress. The large-scale operation is the biggest offensive against the militants yet. 

 


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