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BAGHDAD Jordan Whitehead Buccaneers Jersey , June 28 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi security forces launched Saturday a major offensive to retake control of the city of Tikrit, the capital of the Sunni-dominant province of Salahudin, which has been seized by the Sunni militants earlier in the month, a security source said.
Dozens of military vehicles, backed by tanks Alex Cappa Buccaneers Jersey , armored vehicles and helicopter gunships advanced in the early morning from four routes towards the city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The main route of the troops was launched from the areas near the city of Samarra, some 50 km south of Tikrit, but the security forces were stopped by the Sunni militants in an area near the town of Dijla M.J. Stewart Buccaneers Jersey , some 25 km south of Tikrit, the source said, adding that the gunmen booby-trapped the buildings and all the roads leading to Tikrit to hamper the troops advance.
Iraqi aircraft carried out intensive air strikes in and around the city of Tikrit, targeting the posts of the Sunni militant, including those who are linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) Ronald Jones II Buccaneers Jersey , an al-Qaida offshoot, the source said without giving further details.
On June 11, militant groups took control of the city of Tikrit when hundreds of gunmen entered the city during the advance of the Sunni militants.
The seizure of Tikrit was part of deterioration in security which started in province of Nineveh earlier in the month when bloody clashes broke out between security forces and Sunni militants, who have seized several key Iraqi cities, and large swathes of territories in several Sunni provinces Carlton Davis Buccaneers Jersey , including the province of Salahudin and its capital Tikrit, the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.
Obama downplays threat by Islamic militants in Iraq
WASHINGTON, June 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday downplayed the threat posed by Islamic militants making lightening advances in Iraq, saying the United States has been under "serious threat" during his entire presidency.
In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" program, the president was asked about the threat by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Vita Vea Buccaneers Jersey , as his former ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had described the splinter group of al-Qaida as one that " will be coming our way" with 2,000 fighters holding Western passports.Full story
Political, military tracks necessary in Iraq crisis: PM
BAGHDAD, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said Thursday that the political track is necessary to go with the military track in fighting against the blitzkrieg of the Sunni extremist groups.
"There have to be two parallel tracks to proceed: the first is the work on the ground and military operations against the terrorists, and the second is to follow up the political process and holding the meeting of the Council of Representatives ( Parliament) on time Noah Spence Buccaneers Jersey ," Maliki told British Foreign Secretary William Hague during their meeting in the capital Baghdad, according to a statement issued by Maliki's office.
GENEVA， March 11 (Xinhua) -- The official draws of the Rio 2016 Olympic Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women took place Friday at FIBA headquarter in Mies of Switzerland. The China national basketball team will encounter the U.S. ""dream team"" in their first match of group phase， which scheduled on August 6.
According to the draws， China， United States， Venezuela， Australia and two teams through qualifying tournaments will compete in the Group A. Argentina， Spain， Brazil， Lithuania， Nigeria and another qualifier will face each other in Group B.
The Rio Olympic men's basketball game will take place during Aug. 6 to 21. The top four teams from each group will move on to the final phase.
On the women side， Japan， Brazil， Australia and three qualifiers was drawn into Group A. United States， which is thought to lead in Group B， will face challenges from Canada， Senegal， Serbia and the other two qualifiers.
The five qualifiers will be decided by the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) in Nantes of France from June 13 to 19. The Chinese team， with another 11 teams，will compete for the final tickets for Rio Olympic.
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