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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi earlier met military leaders in Salahuddin province, where troops and militia were preparing for the advance.
Tikrit is one of several areas in the mainly Sunni Muslim province in the hands of IS militants.
The terrorists have taken the chemical agent from the provincial water department, and transferred it along with large quantities of mustard gas brought from Syria to one of their hideouts in the area, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network quoted the source as saying on condition of anonymity.
The ISIL terrorists have also overrun an industrial area known as Kokjali located on the eastern side of the conflict-ridden city of Mosul, and are manufacturing rockets filled with chemical agents to use against Iraqi army forces, the source added.