Iraqi security forces clash with militants
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.