The battle for Tikrit continued today as Iraqi government forces tried to dislodge the militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who hold the city. Meanwhile, international observers, local politicians, and even other jihadists have reacted ISIS's newly formed caliphate.
Tikrit, which is the birthplace of Iraq's longtime former leader Saddam Hussein and located roughly 80 miles north of Baghdad, has been under the control of the hardline Sunni militants since they overran large swathes of the country earlier in the month.
Government soldiers have been attempting to take back the city since last week, and helicopter gunships reportedly struck militant positions on Saturday and Sunday night. So far, however, the army has been unable to clear the insurgents and fighting continued today, residents told Reuters.
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