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In pictures: Fall of Tikrit
US tank crews in Tikrit
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US troops celebrate in Tikrit on Monday - the assault took just a few hours
Helicopter over Tikrit
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US troops landed near the Tikrit HQ of the Fedayeen militia but faced no resistance
US tank in Tikrit
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Tikritis did not welcome the US tanks - unlike Baghdad residents last week
Residents in Tikrit with US troops
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US Central Command said there was "less resistance than we anticipated"
US soldier in Tikrit
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US troops had expected to face up to 2,500 Republican Guard and Fedayeen
US soldiers in Tikrit
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Al Jazeera TV pictures were the first to show US forces taking control of Tikrit
Rescued soldiers David Williams (left) and Ronald Young
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Freed POWs Ronald Young Jr and David Williams embrace after their rescue near Tikrit
Resident in Tikrit
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Saddam Hussein was born near Tikrit and made it his power base


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