Members of Kurdish security forces rest after clashes with militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the village of Basheer, south of the city of Kirkuk June 29, 2014. P REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Iraq's army sent tanks and armored vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large swaths of Iraq.The army sent in tanks and helicopters to battle ISIS militants near the University of Tikrit in the city's north Sunday, security sources said. Two witnesses said they saw a helicopter gunned down over northern Tikrit, reports not possible to immediately verify independently. Iraqi army spokesman Qassim Atta told reporters in Baghdad that security forces had killed 142 "terrorists" over the last 24 hours across Iraq, including 70 in Tikrit, and said the armed forces were in control of Tikrit's university.Iran has also supported Iraq's government against the onslaught. An Iranian general said Sunday that his country was ready to help Iraq fight the revolt using the same methods it deployed against rebels in Syria. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri, deputy joint chief of staff of the armed forces and a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer, told Iran's al-Alam television.
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