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Iraq

Militants Repel Iraqi Government Assault On Tikrit

Car Bombs Strike Baghdad's Sadr Cityi
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July 16, 2014
Debris from destroyed shops and street stalls littered the street after two car bombs exploded simultaneously at a market in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City late on July 15. At least nine people were killed and 26 wounded. Residents said that some people remained missing after the blasts. (Reuters)

WATCH: Car Bombs Strike Baghdad's Sadr City

A renewed push by Iraqi government forces to recapture the northern city of Tikrit from Sunni-led militants has ended in retreat after the assault met heavy resistance.

Government forces, working together with Shi’ite militia fighters, had claimed advances into southern parts of Tikrit early on July 15.

But those government troops reportedly withdrew overnight.

Residents said there was no fighting in Tikrit after dawn on July 16.

It is the second government assault on Tikrit that has been repelled by militants in recent weeks.

Tikrit is a stronghold of loyalists of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and Sunni former army officers who joined forces last month with militants from the Islamic State, previously known as ISIL.

The setback for Iraq’s army came after the parliament in Baghdad on July 15 elected a new speaker in a step toward creating a new government.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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