U.S. now providing support in Tikrit despite Iran's role

March 24, 2015 10:25 PM

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WASHINGTON — The United States has begun providing critical surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants in Tikrit, according to a defense official.

The support, which began yesterday, is the first time the Iraqi government asked for American assistance in Tikrit, an offensive that has been dominated by Shiite militias and their Iranian advisers.

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