"Most of the killed Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the militant group also known as IS] militants were Arab nationals not Iraqis," Karim al- Nouri al-Hashid, an al-Sha’bi Shiite militia’s spokesman told The Anadolu Agency. "The majority of the militants retreated to central Tikrit."
Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias have launched a ground offensive against the IS on Monday to recapture Tikrit city, aiming to approach IS stronghold of Mosul. Tikrit, a Sunni-majority city, was the homeland of the deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
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