Shi'ite fighters, known as Hashid Shaabi, clash with Islamic State militants, as one tries to put a Shi'ite flag in the ground, in northern Tikrit, March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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The offensive to retake Tikrit appeared to stall Friday, two days after Iraqi security forces and mainly Shiite militia pushed into Saddam Hussein's home city in their biggest offensive yet against ISIS.A source in the Salahuddin Operations Command said Iraqi forces would not move forward until reinforcements reached Tikrit, of which ISIS still holds around half. Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Shiite paramilitary Badr Organization and now one of the most powerful men in Iraq, said the outcome of the battle for Tikrit was not in doubt, but Iraqi forces needed time.Iraq's most influential Shiite religious scholar Friday urged the government to step up support for the Shiite militias battling ISIS alongside the Iraqi military.
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