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Iraqi forces push toward Tikrit in battle against IS

BAGHDAD (AP) An Iraqi provincial governor says Iraqi forces are pushing their offensive against the Islamic State group and expect to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit soon. The battle to wrest Tikrit Saddam Hussein's hometown from IS is a major test for the Iraqi forces and allied Shiite militias. The governor of Salahuddin, Raed al-Jabouri, says that fighters expect to reach Tikrit later Friday. He told The Associated Press the Iraqi forces still have not made it to...

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