Iraqi security forces attack ISIS extremists during clashes to regain the city of Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Tuesday in the weeks-long battle to retake Tikrit from ISIS, Baghdad's biggest operation yet against the jihadis.Earlier it was announced that the Iraqi security forces had reached the center of Tikrit but ISIS jihadis were still holed up in certain neighborhoods.The U.S. government, which deeply mistrusts the pro-Iranian Shiite militias, has sought ways to participate in the Tikrit battle without acknowledging working with forces backed by Tehran.U.S. officials have insisted on an Iraqi government military command for the fight, even as Shiite militia forces remain the strongest presence on the ground.
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