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Iraqi Forces Advance Against IS Fighters


Officials in Tikrit and Mosul have said that a considerable number of Islamic State group fighters have withdrawn from the northern Iraqi cities in the mean time the government forces get ready for another major ground and air offensive.

Iraqi Forces advance against ISIS
Iraqi Forces advance against ISIS

According to media reports, security forces had already entered the outskirts of Tikrit from three directions, including Tikrit University and the provincial government building. Reports said that a division of the Iraqi army had made advances backed by air, mortar and artillery fires targeting several positions across Tikrit, which has been under Islamic State control for months.

It was not clear if the air strikes were carried out by US or Iraqi jets, however US aircraft have been dropping leaflets warning residents of the impending bombing of Islamic State sites.