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Photos Of The Ground War Against ISIS

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A soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, instructs Iraqi soldiers during a training exercise at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, March 1.

A soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, instructs Iraqi soldiers during a training exercise at Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq, March 1.

A massive operation is underway to retake the city of Tikrit, Iraq, from ISIS militants. Tikrit is the home of Saddam Hussein, the former ruler of Iraq, who was executed in 2006 for war crimes. A Washington Post photo essays shows the mission, which has already been a bloody fight, involving some 30,000 Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen, some backed by the Iranian government. It could take days or more to retake the city of 250,000 people, and there are reports that militants have planted bombs throughout the region to slow the assault.