No Iraq Request for Coalition Air Support in Tikrit Campaign

Iraq has not requested air support from the U.S.-led coalition for its campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents, a senior military official in the coalition said on Thursday, as the assault on the city remained on pause for nearly a week.
Some Iraqi officials this week said more air strikes are needed to dislodge the militants, who are holed up in a vast complex of palaces built when Saddam Hussein was in power and have turned the city into a labyrinth of homemade bombs and booby-traps.
The coalition has been conspicuously absent from the campaign -- the largest to be undertaken by Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militia groups since Islamic State overran a third of the country last summer.



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