Iraqi Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) at Arbil International Airport April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Iraq's prime minister said Monday that "only" 152 homes and shops were burned in Tikrit, where pro-government forces have been accused of carrying out abuses after retaking the city last week.Haider al-Abadi did not specify who burned the structures or when the fires took place, but pro-government militiamen have admitted to torching houses in other recaptured areas and allegedly did so in Tikrit. Abadi said it was not fair to level the accusation at the entire force.Columns of black smoke rose from burning homes and shops even as Abadi visited Tikrit last Wednesday to celebrate its recapture.
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