Bad weather is hindering the U.S. air campaign against militants in Iraq as a key province hangs in the balance, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

“Our fighter-bomber aircraft are all-weather aircraft. But you’ve got to have good [targeting] information and … you’ve got to have good support from an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance perspective. And that is heavily affected by bad weather,” Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby did not specify what kind of weather problems were occurring, but central Iraq has experienced rain and dense cloud cover during the last week. […]