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The Latest: Car bomber kills 9 at Tikrit checkpoint

  • Brett McGurk, the White House envoy to the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. McGurk said the U.S. will provide air support for an offensive to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State extremist group. Brett McGurk spoke to reporters in Jordan after the offensive was announced Sunday by the Syria Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group with Arab fighters. The envoy says the U.S. is also in “close, close contact” with its ally Turkey. (Karin Laub/AP Photo)

    Brett McGurk, the White House envoy to the U.S.-led military coalition against the Islamic State group, speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. McGurk said the U.S. will provide air support for an offensive to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State extremist group. Brett McGurk spoke to reporters in Jordan after the offensive was announced Sunday by the Syria Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group with Arab fighters. The envoy says the U.S. is also in “close, close contact” with its ally Turkey. (Karin Laub/AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Displaced people walk past a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Displaced people walk past a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Displaced wait on the side of the road at a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The Mosul offensive has slowed in recent days as Iraqi forces have pushed into more densely populated areas, where they cannot rely as much on airstrikes and shelling because of the risk posed to civilians, who have been told to stay in their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Displaced wait on the side of the road at a checkpoint near Qayara, south of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The Mosul offensive has slowed in recent days as Iraqi forces have pushed into more densely populated areas, where they cannot rely as much on airstrikes and shelling because of the risk posed to civilians, who have been told to stay in their homes. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group (all times local):

10: 45 a.m.

A provincial spokesman says a suicide attack against a security checkpoint north of Baghdad has killed at least nine people.

The spokesman for Salahuddin province, Ali al-Hamdani, says the suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car during rush hour Sunday morning into the main checkpoint at the southern entrance of the provincial capital, Tikrit.

Al-Hamdani said five female students, a woman and three policemen were killed. He added that 25 other people were wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Islamic State militants have claimed multiple similar attacks. The Sunni extremists frequently launch attacks targeting Iraq's security forces and civilians in public areas.

In April 2015, Iraqi security forces drove out IS militants from Tikrit, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

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9 a.m.

Iraq's special forces say they are still struggling to clear neighborhoods retaken from the Islamic State group along Mosul's eastern edge.

Lt. Col. Muhanad al-Timimi says Sunday that elaborate defenses built by IS and the presence of civilians have slowed progress.

The civilians make it more difficult for Iraqi commanders on the ground to get requests for U.S.-led coalition air strikes cleared. Iraq's special forces are some of the country's best troops, but they largely rely on air support.

Iraqi forces first entered the eastern edge of Mosul on Tuesday. On Friday, forces began pushing into Mosul proper, but so far have only advanced into the city just over a kilometer (mile). On the city's southern front Iraqi forces are still some 20 kilometers from the city center.