Iraq's request to U.S.-led coalition for air strikes for Tikrit is 'imminent': diplomat

March 24, 2015 10:14 AM

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Iraq's request to U.S.-led coalition for air strikes for Tikrit is 'imminent': diplomat

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's request to the U.S.-led coalition for air strikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is "imminent", a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition told Reuters on Tuesday.

The coalition has been so far absent from the Tikrit campaign launched earlier this month, 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 year.

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