US conducting airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit

March 25, 2015 8:31 PM

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The Pentagon gave orders for U.S. and coalition forces to begin airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

An official told The Associated Press that the airstrikes began after the Iraqi government requested U.S. help. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the American attacks had not yet been officially announced.

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