Shiite fighters known as Hashid Shaabi walk as smoke rises from an explosives-laden military vehicle driven by an Islamic State suicide bomber which exploded during an attack on the southern edge of Tikrit March 12, 2015.REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Thousands of Iraqi troops and militiamen laid siege to jihadi fighters holed up in Tikrit Thursday, wary of rushing into streets littered with bombs and infested with snipers.None of the fighting forces involved has provided casualty figures since the start of the operation to take back Tikrit, the largest since ISIS captured the city nine months ago.Gen. Bahaa al-Azzawi told AFP in Albu Ajil, a village from which Tikrit can be seen across the Tigris river.Earlier, Obeidi visited troops and met with senior military commanders of the Tikrit operation as well as Iranian Maj.
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