Families return to Tikrit weeks after Daesh defeat

Families return to Tikrit weeks after Daesh defeat

State TV aired footage of security forces guarding busses packed with people, some waving Iraqi flags.



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Published: Tue 16 Jun 2015, 2:19 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

In this photo taken Thursday, April 2, 2015, militiamen stand guard in Tikrit, Iraq. AP file

In this photo taken on April 2, 2015, militiamen stand guard in Tikrit, Iraq. AP file 

Baghdad — Iraqi officials say families have begun returning to Tikrit two and a half months after security forces backed by militias drove the Daesh group out of the northern city.

Gov. Raed Al Jabouri of Salahuddin province told The Associated Press on Tuesday that around 200 families had returned the day before. Al Jabouri says more than 1,000 families are expected to return Thursday.

State TV aired footage of security forces guarding busses packed with people, some waving Iraqi flags. Some residents could be seen embracing security forces when they reached Tikrit.

The Daesh group captured Tikrit last summer during its sweep across the country. Iraqi forces managed to retake it following weeks of intense fighting and US-led airstrikes, marking their biggest gain yet against the militant group. 


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