US role in campaign angered Shia militias, but Iraqi government forces still succeeded in expelling ISIL from Tikrit.
With ISIL pushed from the countryside near Tikrit, many locals are returning to find their property destroyed.
The battle for Tikrit is crucial to win the war against ISIL.
Iraqi archaeologists say ISIL looted the museum before destroying it, but many artefacts were stored safely elsewhere.
Sunni politicians say they will reconsider parliamentary boycott if government agrees to create a Sunni fighting force.
Baghdad residents are celebrating the lifting of a night curfew imposed a decade ago during the Iraq War.
A proposed force to fight ISIL could pave the way for the country’s disintegration, Iraqi lawmakers warn.
Throughout 2014, more than two million Iraqis were forced to seek refuge in other areas of the country.
Circumstances of battle have changed in favour of Iraqi troops since June, local security officials say.
Desperate for arms and military training to fight ISIL, Sunni tribes were considering Iranian assistance as an option.