U.S. Fears Iran Military Influence Growing in Iraq – Jim Michaels
Iran’s military is playing a significant role in helping Iraq drive the Islamic State from Tikrit, raising U.S. concerns about growing Iranian influence in Iraq. Iran is providing artillery and other support, according to a senior U.S. military official, but Iraq did not ask for U.S. airstrikes to support the Tikrit operation.
If marauding Shiite militias enter Tikrit, a Sunni stronghold, they could drive Sunnis into the hands of the Islamic State, since Sunni leaders oppose the militias. (USA Today)
See also Iranian Quds Force Commander Is in Iraq for Tikrit Offensive – Paul McLeary
Iranian Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani is again in Iraq, directing Shia militias in their fight against IS militants in Tikrit. (Defense News)