Members of the Iraqi security force walk near a checkpoint in Latifiya, south of Baghdad, October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Islamic State fighters blew up a key bridge on Friday in Iraq's Salaheddin province as they retreated in the face of an offensive by pro-government forces, officials said.Iraqi troops, Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shiite militias have been pushing west from the city of Tuz Khurmatu since Thursday.Tikrit, executed former president Saddam Hussein's hometown, has been under IS control since the first days of the major offensive the jihadists launched in Iraq four months ago.
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