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Tikrit
تكريت
ܬܓܪܝܬ
City
Looking north along the Tigris towards Saddam Hussein's Presidential palace in April 2003
Looking north along the Tigris towards Saddam Hussein's Presidential palace in April 2003
Country  Iraq
Governorate Salah ad Din
Elevation 137 m (449 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 160,000

Tikrit sometimes known as Takrit or Tekrit, is a city in Iraq, located 140 kilometres (87 mi) northwest of Baghdad and 220 kilometres (140 mi) southeast of Mosul on the Tigris River. As of 2012, it has a population of 160,000.

At least 80% majority of the people are Sunni. Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq through April 2003, was born there; he considered it his hometown. He was actually born in a village on the outskirts of Tikrit, however in a part of Tikrit municipality.


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