|OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
In the north, Kurdish forces opposed to Saddam Hussein had already occupied
for years an autonomous area in northern Iraq. With the assistance of U.S.
Special Forces and air strikes, they were able to rout the Iraqi units near them
and to occupy oil-rich Kirkuk on 10 April.
U.S. Special Forces had also been involved in the extreme west of Iraq,
attempting to occupy key roads to Syria and airbases. In one case two armored
platoons were used to convince Iraqi leadership that an entire armored
battalion was entrenched in the west of Iraq.
On 15 April, U.S. forces took control of Tikrit, the last major outpost in central
Iraq, with an attack led by the Marines' Task Force Tripoli. About a week later
the Marines were relieved in place by the Army's 4th Infantry Division.
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