An Iraqi child waves his national flag as displaced families leave Kirkuk to go back to the cities of Tikrit, Samara and al-Alam.
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Exploding bombs send clouds of dust rising into the air, as houses and businesses burn and civilians are nowhere in sight.Bombs left by the jihadis are the biggest threat, with Interior Minister Mohammad al-Ghaban saying 185 explosives-rigged houses and some 900 other bombs had been found as of Wednesday.Some are turning to less sophisticated bomb disposal methods, with one militiaman suggesting that burning houses was a means of detonating explosives within.Staff Lt. Gen. Abdulwahab al-Saadi has said he wants local police and volunteer fighters to be responsible for security inside Tikrit.But for now, the city center is held by a mix of federal police and militias, with the latter especially unpalatable to Tikrit's Sunni residents.There are also tensions among fighters, with militiamen disparaging the army, who are suspicious of militias, and the police saying others are taking credit for their victory.
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