Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters hold an Islamist State flag, which they pulled down in Tikrit, March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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The Islamic State group still controls parts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which Baghdad announced had been retaken, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Tuesday.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had hailed the "liberation of Tikrit" earlier in the day, congratulating the forces that took part in the battle.Over militia objections, the US-led coalition began air strikes on IS in the Tikrit area, prompting some of the groups to announce they were halting offensive operations.
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