“The US is rebooting its strategy in the war against Islamic State after months of stalemate and Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict,” reads an article in The Times of London.
“Amid reports that the Kremlin has requested permission from Baghdad to begin airstrikes inside Iraq, General Dunford is plotting a massive increase in US-led airstrikes and the deployment of substantially more anti-tank weapons to regain the initiative.”
General Dunford, the outlet says, has already flown to the Kurdish city of Arbil to formalize the new offensive.
Probably one of the guarantees for the future success of the new initiative is the assurance from Iraq that it would not seek Russian air strikes against ISIL.
However on Thursday the Iraqi Parliament’s defense committee secretary told Sputnik that Iraq did not give the United States any promises that it would not turn to Russia with a request to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State.