US Launches Airstrikes to Back Iran, Iraq Against Islamic State
Daily Beast – The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian and Iraqi troops in the key city of Tikrit, a US official tells The Daily Beast. Those forces had previously kicked off their operation to reclaim Saddam Hussein’s from the self-proclaimed Islamic State without informing the US military. But when that campaign stalled, they turned to American air power.
A US defense official told The Daily Beast that US conducted 15 strikes beginning at 315 p.m. EDT, targeting weapons storage facilities, barracks and road blocks set up by ISIS. All the targets were “pre-planned” the official said, suggesting an operation planned before the Iraqis formally sought approval.