Shiite militiamen chant anti-ISIS slogans as they carry a coffin of an Iranian fighter killed during a battle against ISIS in Samarra, during his funeral, in Najaf, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)
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ISIS suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shiite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical militants.Thousands of troops and fighters from Shiite militias known as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) have gathered around Samarra for a campaign to drive Islamic State out of nearby strongholds on the Tigris River, including the city of Tikrit 50 km (30 miles) to the north.
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