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Reclaims Tikrit

1 Jan, 1970

Both state media and a local tribal leader are reporting that Iraq security forces have reclaimed Tikrit from Sunni militants. Sheikh Khamis al-Joubouri, a key tribal leader in Tikrit, tells CNN that  Iraqi security forces, along with special forces and fighters from local tribes, entered the city and gained control. Sabah Numan, a Counter Terrorism Unit spokesman, tells CNN  that 120 militants have been killed and 20 vehicles destroyed in the large-scale operation that began this morning. Numan says:

We are mainly busy defusing booby-trapped houses and cars on the main roads leading into Tikrit.

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