August 19, 2014 at 6:22 am

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

Baghdad A local official and a resident say clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.

They say the clashes began early Tuesday on the southwestern outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit, located north of Baghdad.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing their safety.

The Iraqi military shelled militant positions inside and outside the city, they said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Islamic State group and other militants occupied Tikrit and the northern city of Mosul in early June.

Since then sporadic clashes have taken place around Tikrit, located 80 miles north of the capital.