U.S. Aids Iran-Backed Fight to Retake Tikrit

(Wall Street Journal) Dion Nissenbaum and Julian E. Barnes - The U.S. has started providing Iraq with aerial intelligence in the stalled battle to oust Islamic State from Tikrit, drawing the American military into closer coordination with some 20,000 Iranian-backed Shiite militia fighters who make up the bulk of the force that has been struggling for weeks to retake the strategic city. "I think the Iraqi government is finally realizing that Iranian assistance is not going to get it done in Tikrit," said one U.S. defense official.

2015-03-25 00:00:00

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