Iraq hangs 36 over 2014 ‘Speicher’ massacre

Iraq on Sunday hanged 36 men convicted over the 2014 massacre by extremists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits, officials said. They had been found guilty of involvement in the “Speicher” massacre, named after a base near Tikrit where up to 1,700 recruits were kidnapped before being executed.[…]

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US strikes IS forces in Tikrit

The United States and its allies launched airstrikes on the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the Defence Department said late Wednesday, in support of an Iraqi government offensive to retake the northern city from the radicals. The operation by the US-led coalition had been requested by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the[…]

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Iraq army read for assault on Tikrit

Government forces are ready for an assault on the Sunni Arab city of Tikrit, the main target of a major offensive launched eight days ago against the Islamic State radical group, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. Troops have surrounded the city on all sides after capturing the centre of al-Alam, located[…]

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Iraqi forces push on Tikrit

Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group Friday, expecting to reach the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Tikrit, a day after radicals reportedly “bulldozed” a famed archaeological site in the area. In Paris, the head of the U.N.’s cultural agency said the deliberate destruction of cultural[…]

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Iraq launches offensive to take back Tikrit from IS

Government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi said on Monday: “Today, God willing, we start an important military campaign to liberate the[…]

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Rebels repel Iraqi attempt to retake Tikrit

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the rebel-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, soldiers involved in the operation said. Government troops and allied Shia volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset on Tuesday to a base 4km south[…]

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