Crisis in Iraq: Fierce Battle Is Centered Around Tikrit

Iraq military is stepping up its attack against ISIS militants who have taken over much of the country.
1:23 | 06/29/14

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And to Iraq where the Iraqi military is stepping up its attack against Isis and those government forces are fighting back with the help of the united States. The fiercest battle is settled around tikrit. Hamish Macdonald reports from Iraq tonight. Reporter: U.s. Intelligence support. Trying to push Isis out of the city. Where saddam hussein was born. America has delivered 75 hellfire missiles to the Iraqis this week. To help bolter their offensive. That will only last around three days. Still waiting for America to decide whether to send air strikes, Iraq is trying to build its own air defenses taking delivery of secondhand fighter jets from Russia. Battled military here. Needed some good news. I've confidence in myself. I have confidence in my people. I have confidence in the Iraqi people. Reporter: As Isis digs in to defend its gains it tonight declared an islamic state in the region naming Abu Bakr al-baghdadi as its leader. Three teams of U.S. Military advisors are here. Some pushing north of Baghdad. Trying to assess the ability of the security forces taking on the jihadist arm. Thank you. In South Africa tomorrow. Oscar Pistorius back in court.

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