US general: Iran-backed militias not involved in Tikrit clearing

By REUTERS
March 26, 2015 16:24

WASHINGTON - Iran-backed Shi'ite militias are no longer involved in operations to clear Islamic State fighters from the Iraqi city of Tikrit, a top US general told Congress on Thursday, a day after the US-led coalition started air strikes in support of Iraqi forces on the ground.

"They are not a part of the clearing operations in Tikrit," General Lloyd Austin, head of the US military's Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East.




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