Pentagon silent on Iraq's prediction of Tikrit air strikes

March 25, 2015 4:30 PM

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Pentagon silent on Iraq's prediction of Tikrit air strikes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon declined comment on Iraqi President Fouad Massoum's prediction on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition would soon carry out air strikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, saying the United States would not discuss future military operations.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, however, confirmed Massoum's official disclosure in a Reuters interview that United States had started flying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) flights over Tikrit in support of Iraq forces on the ground.

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