30 Mar '15, 9pm

Iranian-backed Shiite militias still operating in Tikrit https://t.co/9QIpCkAsR1

Asaib al Haq video from Tikrit Despite claims by the US government to the contrary, several Iranian-backed Shiite militias are still operating in Tikrit. The US has said that airstrikes in the central Iraqi city would only come if these militias withdrew from leading the battle. “Preconditions for us to provide support were that the Iraqi government had to be in charge of this operation. We had to know exactly who was on the ground,” General Lloyd Austin, the commander of US Central Command, told Congress on March 26, according to Military Times . Austin continued by saying, “The Shiite militias that were there have pulled back from that area.” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said the next day in a press conference that most of these militias left the fighting. “These are primarily the Shia militia units that we had no interest in being on the battlefield in the fi...

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