Iraqi security forces are deployed during a military operation to regain control of the villages around the town of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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ISIS fighters have abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near the city of Tikrit, local tribal leaders said Wednesday, apparently to neutralize suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive.Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shiite militias have been massing for days in preparation for an attack on ISIS strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. Tikrit, about 150 km north of Baghdad, has been controlled by the Sunni Muslim radicals since they swept through northern Iraq in June, scattering Iraq's security forces. Iraq's military said around 2,000 Shiite militia fighters, known as the Popular Mobilization, had arrived near Tikrit in preparation for a major operation against ISIS.
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