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Fighters from the jihadist-led coalition that controls large parts of Iraq launched a brazen raid on an Iraqi air base near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, military sources said Friday.The army and a statement by ISIS differed on the outcome of the battle and the death toll, but a military intelligence officer admitted the air field known as Speicher was stormed late Thursday.ISIS fighters and their allies control the nearby city of Tikrit but Iraqi federal forces had managed to hold on to Speicher – named by U.S. troops after a navy pilot whose plane was shot down by Saddam's forces in 1991 – despite repeated attacks in recent weeks.
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