The U.S.-led coalition is not providing air support for Iraq’s largest offensive against the Islamic State in Tikrit, which Iraqi security forces, along with allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, launched Monday to retake the hometown of Saddam Hussein.
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters that Iraq did not request support from the U.S. for this operation, though the Defense Department knew of the offensive before it started. While there have not been coalition airstrikes, Warren would not comment if there have been surveillance flights over the operation.
“Iraq is their country, it’s their military, their fight against ISIL,” Warren said. “They didn’t request support for it, we didn’t provide support for it.” […]