Iraqi forces recapture ISIS-held areas near Tikrit

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Intense fighting continued near Tikrit on Sunday, as Iraqi forces attempt to recapture areas held by Islamic State militias. After months of preparation, Iraqi forces engaged in an offensive operation to retake the city with air support from Iraqi warplanes involving some 20,000–30,000 Iraqi forces.