Iraqi Shiite militias have 'pulled back' from Tikrit: U.S. general

A tank belonging to the Shi'ite Badr Brigade militia takes position in front of a gas station in Suleiman Beg, northern Iraq. (File photo: Reuters)

Iraq’s Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront of an offensive to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists, allowing Baghdad government troops to take the lead, a top U.S. general said Thursday.

The Shiite militias “have pulled back from that area” and Iraqi special forces and police are “clearing” Tikrit, General Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, told lawmakers.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45