Sunday 19 January 2020

Iraqi security forces clash with militants

Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli films Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under a bridge near the front line with militants of the Islamic State, in Mariam Bek village, between the northern Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Kirkuk July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Hussein Malla/AP Photo/Handout via Reuters
Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli films Kurdish Peshmerga fighters under a bridge near the front line with militants of the Islamic State, in Mariam Bek village, between the northern Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Kirkuk July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Hussein Malla/AP Photo/Handout via Reuters

Clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.

The clashes began on the south-western outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, located north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, according to officials.

The Iraqi military shelled militant positions inside and outside the city. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Islamic State group and other militants occupied Tikrit and the northern city of Mosul in early June.

Since then sporadic clashes have taken place around Tikrit, located 80 miles north of the capital.

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