Middle East Iraqi forces to retake Tikrit from ISIS today

The battle for Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, is seen as a key step toward driving the ISIS militants out of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, that is farther north.

Iraqi security forces battled the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday and were expected to gain full control of the city "within the coming hours," the country's interior minister said.