U.S. Central Command said it didn’t target the area around Tikrit from 22 to 24 March, the window when the IRGC said the two men were killed. IRGC said on its sepahnews.ir website that the strike happened on 23 March, as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake Tikrit. It identified the dead advisers as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, no ranks given, saying they were buried on Sunday. (sepahnews.ir/AP)
The U.S.-led coalition began surveillance around Tikrit on 21 March at the request of the Iraqi government, and the airstrikes began the night of 25 March.
“No strikes by coalition aircraft, manned or unmanned, in the vicinity of Tikrit from 22 to 24 March,” said Col. Edward Sholtis, a spokesman for U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT), the air force component of CENTCOM. (AP, 30 March)
Photo credit: Funeral services for two IRGC-Quds Force advisers killed in Iraq; Tehran, 29 March 2015 (AP)