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Tikrit, Iraq (CNN)While Iraqi government and allied forces were on the defensive Friday in Ramadi, they remained on the offensive in Tirkit — trying to win over not only the strategic city, but the hearts and minds of its nearby residents.
Iraqi forces steadily bombarded the last part of Tikrit still controlled by ISIS, with fighting described by one wounded man as intense. Still, even as it fends off this assault, the militant group continues with its barbaric tactics.
“Yesterday, bodies floated down the (Tigris) River from the hospital,” said Saber Kraidi, an eight-year Iraqi military veteran. “They were people from Tikrit executed by ISIS.”
The Iraqi military is joined by some Sunni fighters and a predominantly Shiite militia, working together to retake the city best known to most Westerners as the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein.
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