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It is an Iraqi city and it is the center of Salah El-Din Governorate, located on the right bank of the Tigris River (180 km) north of Baghdad on the eastern end of the Mesopotamian plateau and on the road linking the capital Baghdad and Mosul in northern Iraq, as well as it is surrounded by many Iraqi centers.

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Tikrit is an ancient city dating back to the sixth millennium BC, and its name was mentioned in Akkadian writings as the fortified castle and it was said that it was a Roman city known as the Tigris Castle and its name was said to be derived from the Syriac word "Tijriet."

Prominent scholars, jurists, leaders, and thinkers have emerged from this city. The most prominent among them is the judge Abi Zakaria al-Tikriti, the philosopher Yahya bin Uday al-Tikriti, Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi the leader and liberator of Jerusalem and others.
In addition, the city of Tikrit is famous for its various economic activities, most notably trade, agriculture, and public jobs, and Tikrit University is one of the most prominent cultural monuments in it.