Iraq has not asked for airstrikes in Tikrit: Pentagon

Iraqi government forces and allied militias stand in the village of Awja, on the outskirts of Tikrit, as they prepare to fight against the Islamic State (IS) group on March 18, 2015Iraq has not made a formal request to the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group to provide air support in the country’s offensive to retake Tikrit, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. He spoke after one of the top Iraqi commanders for the offensive on Sunday called for the international coalition to provide air support to help swing the battle for the city. The offensive to push back the Islamic State group (IS) from Tikrit began on March 2, and Iraqi forces have only recently reached the city limits where they have been stalled by bombs and entrenched fighters. Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said he wasn’t aware that any airstrike requests had come through.

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