Militants from the Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) with captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq June 14, 2014. (AP Photo via militant website)
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Iraqi helicopters fired on a university campus in Tikrit Friday to dislodge insurgents who overran the city in an onslaught that has given them control of most majority Sunni regions and brought them close to Baghdad.Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, fell a fortnight ago to Sunnis led by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which split from Al-Qaeda. ISIS killed as many as 190 men in at least two locations over three days, Human Rights Watch said.Iraq's million-strong army, trained and equipped by the United States, largely evaporated in the north after the Sunni Muslim fighters led by ISIS launched their assault with the capture of the north's biggest city Mosul on June 10 .ISIS emerged after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader a group then called the Islamic State in Iraq, defied the Al-Qaeda leadership by moving into neighboring Syria more than a year ago to join the civil war against President Bashar Assad.
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