Iraqi Offensive on Tikrit on Hold for Second Day

Iraqi forces and mainly Shi'ite militia battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants paused their offensive for a second day on Saturday as they awaited reinforcements. A source near Tikrit said the Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias known as Hashid Shaabi were waiting for reinforcements from "well-trained forces". "We do not need a large number, just one or two thousand. We need professional personnel and soldiers," said, the source, explaining they were needed to engage in street-by-street battles with Islamic State fighters who have booby trapped many buildings in the city and laid improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs.



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