Iraqi security forces search house to house looking for fighters of Islamic State group in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraqi forces have retaken the Salaheddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit from ISIS, a significant advance in the battle to recapture the city, officials said Tuesday.The spokesman for the Badr militia said members of the Popular Mobilization units -- pro-government paramilitary forces dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias -- took part in the fighting, after some froze offensive operations last week in response to U.S.-led airstrikes. Badr spokesman Karim al-Nuri also said that the government headquarters was recaptured, and that Popular Mobilization members fought alongside federal police in the operation.Key Shiite militia forces said they were halting Tikrit operations when a U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition began airstrikes in the area after weeks in which Iran was the main foreign partner in the operation.
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