U.S. denies Iranian claim that drone strike killed Iranian ‘advisors’ near Tikrit

U.S. denies Iranian claim that drone strike killed Iranian ‘advisors’ near Tikrit
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the march. (Image via Der Spiegel)

[Ed. – Way too much good stuff.  This working-with-Iran thing will be the gift that keeps on giving.]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State group, but the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.

U.S. Central Command said it didn’t target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed. …

The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website that the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit. It identified the dead advisers as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, saying they were buried Sunday. It did not say whether Iran contacted Iraqi or U.S. forces after the strike.

Iran occasionally reports on the death of its forces in Iraq and in Syria, where its advisers support embattled President Bashar Assad, but this is the first time Iran has said it lost forces in a U.S. attack in those campaigns.

The U.S.-led coalition began surveillance around Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, on March 21 after the Iraqi offensive had stalled. The coalition said it began airstrikes on Tikrit the night of March 25.

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