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Tikrit (تكريت, also transliterated as Takrit or Tekrit) is a town in Iraq, located 140 km northwest of Baghdad on the Tigris river (at 34.61°N, 43.68°E). The town, with an estimated population in 2002 of about 28,900, is the administrative centre of the province of Salah ad Din.

The town was founded over a thousand years ago, at which time it possessed a fortress and a large Christian monastery. It was renowned as a centre for the production of woolen textiles. Around 1137, the legendary Muslim leader Saladin was born there; among his many achievements he defended Egypt against the Crusaders, and recaptured Jerusalem in 1187. The modern province of which Tikrit is the capital is named after him. The town, and much of Iraq with it, was devastated in the 14th century by the Mongol invasion under Timur Lenk. In September 1917, British forces captured the town during a major advance against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

The town is now perhaps best known for being the birthplace in 1937 of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, who frequently liked to compare himself with Saladin. Many senior members of the Iraqi government during his rule were drawn from Saddam's own Tikriti tribe, the Al Bu Nasir, as were members of his Iraqi Republican Guard, chiefly because Saddam apparently felt that he was most able to rely on relatives and allies of his family. The Tikriti domination of the Iraqi government became something of an embarrassment to Saddam and prompted him in 1977 to abolish the use of surnames in Iraq to conceal the fact that so many of his key supporters bore the same surname, al-Tikriti (as did Saddam himself).

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