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Smoke billows in the background as a member of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units flashes the "V" for victory sign after regaining control of the village of Albu Ajil, near the city of Tikrit, from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 9, 2015. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, police and the increasingly influential paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units, which are dominated by Shiite militias, have been involved in a week-old operation to recapture Tikrit, one of the jihadists' main hubs since they overran large parts of Iraq nine months ago. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty
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