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Fighting near Tikrit as Iraq pushes counter-offensive

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Iraqi forces pressed a campaign Saturday to retake militant-held Tikrit, clashing with Sunni fighters nearby and pounding positions inside the city with air strikes in their biggest counter-offensive so far. 

Iraqi Prime Minister's security spokesman, Lieutenant General Qassem Atta speaks during a press conference about the latest military development in Iraq, on June 28, 2014 in the capital Baghdad

A senior officer said security forces were coordinating with Washington, which has deployed military advisers to Iraq as it battles jihadist-led militants who have overrun large parts of five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

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