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U.S.-led air support broke the deadlock in Iraq's operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS, a senior military official in the coalition carrying out the strikes said Thursday.Iran was Baghdad's main foreign partner for much of the operation, but Iraq eventually requested coalition airstrikes, which began on March 25 . That prompted a backlash among key militia groups, with commanders saying they were halting offensive operations in response to the strikes, an outcome the coalition wanted anyway.
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