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US mulling training Iraqis to call in air strikes

Iraqi government forces vehicles are positioned on the western outskirts of Tikrit, on March 27, 2015, as smoke rises during a military operation to retake the city from Islamic State group jihadistsWashington is working with Iraqi leaders to hone military operations against Islamic militants and is mulling whether to train Iraqis to directly call in US air strikes, a US official said Thursday. “The one thing they want is to cut down the time from a request for a strike to a strike,” a senior State Department official told reporters. The US-led coalition has carried out about 3,000 air strikes over Iraq since September in the fight against extremist Islamic State (IS) militants who seized a swath of Iraqi and Syrian territory in a lightning move last June. While deferring to the Pentagon, the senior State Department official said the administration was looking at how to strengthen coordination with the Iraqis such as training joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) who designate targets in air operations.

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