A fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as he walks in the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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BAGHDAD:Iraqi government forces and Iran-backed militiamen entered a town on the southern outskirts of Saddam Hussein's home city Tikrit Friday, pressing on with the biggest offensive yet against ISIS militants that seized the north last year.Military commanders said the army and mostly Shiite militia forces had retaken the town of Al-Dour on Tikrit's outskirts, known outside Iraq as the area where executed former dictator Saddam was found hiding in a pit near a farm house in 2003 .Some officials said the troops were still only in the south and east of the town, which had been rigged with bombs by retreating ISIS fighters.The army, joined by thousands of Shiite militiamen backed and advised by Iran, is five days into an advance on Saddam's home city of Tikrit, by far the biggest target yet in a campaign to roll back last year's advance by ISIS fighters.How the army and militia treat the Sunnis of Tikrit may determine how they are received by the Sunnis of Mosul.
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