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Roadside bombs slow Iraqi troops' offensive on ISIS-held city

2015-03-04 08:35:36       source:FOX News

March 3, 2015


"Iraqi troops battled Islamic State extremists south of the militant-held city of Tikrit on Tuesday, but their offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown is making little headway as forces are being slowed down by roadside bombs, local officials say.


The Iraqi troops are being supported by Iranian-backed Shiite militias and advisers, Sunni tribal fighters and Quds Force of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.


Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday that Iranian Gen. Ghasem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, was taking part in the offensive. Soleimani has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq's fight against the Sunni militants."


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