An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilization units, fighting alongside Iraqi forces, cleans his weapon on his vehicle at the petrochemical plant in the town of Baiji north of Tikrit on October 16, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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Iraqi forces pressed Saturday their biggest offensive in months to resume their long-stalled northward advance and disrupt militants lines, security officers said.Iraqi forces, including thousands of fighters from the Popular Mobilization organisation dominated by Tehran-backed Shiite militias, were still battling ISIS in and around Baiji Saturday.Iraqi forces' recaptured the ISIS stronghold of Tikrit, 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Baghdad in April.As Iraqi forces marched past Baiji, there were several reports of residents fleeing their ISIS-held villages to meet the pro-government forces or turning against the militants.
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