Iraqi civilians inspect damage in the aftermath of a Tuesday car bombing that killed many people and wounded tens of others in a crowded outdoor market, in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country.The setback came as Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament Tuesday.Tuesday's military attack was launched from Awja, Saddam's birthplace some 8 km south of the city, but ran into heavy opposition in the southern part of the city.The Shiite leader has defied demands from Sunnis and Kurds that he steps aside for a less polarizing figure.Since Iraq's post-Saddam constitution was adopted in 2005, the prime minister has always been a member of the Shiite majority, the speaker a Sunni and the largely ceremonial president a Kurd.In the town of Dhuluiya southeast of Tikrit, where Sunni tribesmen and local police have been fighting militants for days, government forces sent from the city of Samarra pushed the militants out Tuesday night, eyewitnesses said.
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