American troops in Iraq had focused on force protection rather than offensive operations after the senior Iranian general was killed in a drone strike.
The United States has restarted joint counter-ISIS operations with Iraq that were suspended after a drone strike killed a senior Iranian commander in Baghdad, two American military officials told NBC News late Wednesday.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media on the subject, said Iraq was now also interested in the resumption of the operations that have been in place since 2015 as the Islamic State militant group took control of swaths of Iraq and Syria.
However, Gen. Abdulkarim Khalaf, a spokesman for Iraq’s armed forces, told the state run Iraq News agency that, his country, did not give permission to “the US-Led coalition to be active again.”
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