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Iraqi teams start exhuming mass grave of soldiers killed by IS in Tikrit

IS militants overran Saddam Hussein’s hometown last June, capturing around 1,700 soldiers as they were trying to flee Camp Speicher.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tours the city of Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Iraqi security forces reclaim Tikrit from Islamic State extremists

The government declared victory after Tikrit was taken over by the security forces from the hold of IS militants.

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Fighting the Islamic State: Iraq launches a military operation to regain control of Tikrit

Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State.

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‘ISIS men asked us to stay back, said don’t worry’

Santy John, one of the 46 nurses who reached India, said the armed men with covered faces always told them “not to worry”.

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Nurses rescued from Iraq to reach Kochi by noon

The nurses, who return after weeks of ordeal at Tikrit Teaching Hospital, would be received by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

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Air India flight from Iraq to reach Mumbai at 9.30 am

The nurses were moved out on Thursday against their will and detained in the militant-held city of Mosul.

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Tikrit to Erbil to Kochi: Nurses safe, on their way home from Iraq today

The nurses were safe and unharmed, although they had gone through a traumatic experience, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

ISIS wanted to take us to Mosul, we refused, say stranded nurses in Tikrit

The nurses said it was not safe to move along with the ISIS men to Mosul as there was the risk of attacks by the Iraqi military in transit.

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Iraq sends tanks, helicopters into Tikrit to dislodge Sunni insurgents

The army sent in tanks and helicopters to battle ISIL militants near the University of Tikrit in the city’s north on Sunday, security sources said.

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Iraq army drives back ISIL from Saddam hometown

Militants deny govt claim, assert victory over forces in southern parts.

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Iraq crisis: Clashes near Tikrit as Iraq troops launch fightback

Witnesses said loyalists were moving toward Tikrit from the west and engaged in heavy clashes.

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Militants take Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit: Iraqi officials

The officials say the provincial governor based in the city is missing.

Wanted: Investors to turn Saddam’s villas into gold

Saddam Hussein’s hometown is seeking foreign investors to turn his playground into a tourist mecca.