Source Pravda.Ru

Iraqi Information Ministry: 5 Coalition Tanks Destroyed near Tikrit

The Iraqi army and local defence forces have destroyed 5 tanks belonging to the US-led coalition during ferocious fighting for Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. This was announced today by representatives of the Iraqi Information Ministry. They said that US and British troops had been forced to withdraw.

The Pentagon has categorically denied this report, saying instead that about 30 soldiers belonging to the Baath party militia, which forms Saddam Hussein's personal bodyguard, have been killed near Tikrit.