The US military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for US troops in combat, a top spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the US military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.
On Aug. 16, the US-led coalition announced it would comply with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi's order to ask for the Iraqi military's permission to fly in Iraqi airspace under other circumstances.
That order came after a recent explosion at an ammunition dump in Baghdad controlled by Iranian-backed militia.
Rumors have circulated that the explosion was caused by an Israeli airstrike.