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March 15, 2015 12:30 pm

Iraqi Officers Say Islamic State Fighters in ‘ Total Collapse’ in Battle for Tikrit

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Iraqi troops clashed along two fronts with Islamic State militants in Tikrit. A prominent leader of a Shiite militia died in the battle on Saturday. Photo: AP video screenshot.

USA Today – Islamic State fighters killed the prominent leader of a Shiite militia in the battle of Tikrit on Saturday, but Iraqi officers said the dwindling band of extremists were in “total collapse.”

Iraqi government leaders predicted ISIL fighters in the city will be defeated in two or three days.

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