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BAGHDAD — Officials in northern Iraq say troops are clashing with Islamic State militants south of the militant-held city of Tikrit, as roadside bombs have slowed an offensive launched to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
The two local officials say fierce clashes were underway Tuesday outside the town of al-Dour, south of Tikrit.
They say government forces backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters have made little progress on the second day of a large-scale military operation to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State group last summer. They say troops are shelling militant bases inside the city but their advance has been slowed by roadside bombs.
The officials spoke anonymously as they are not authorized to brief media.
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