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Iran dispatched two units of its elite Revolutionary Guards to Iraq.

Burned Iraqi army armored vehicles are seen left on a street of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The al-Qaida-inspired group that captured two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq this week vowed on Thursday to march on to Baghdad, raising fears about the Shiite-led government's ability to slow the assault following the insurgents' lightning gains. (AP Photo)

Iran, of all places, has reportedly dispatched two units of its elite Revolutionary Guards to Iraq to help stem the tide of terrorist gains and defend Baghdad from assault.

The two nations were bitter rivals for decades when Saddam Hussein's Sunni dominated regime was at war with Tehran's Shiite-led government. After the U.S. invasion, the Iraqi government came to be dominated by Shiite leaders, who now finds themselves under assault from the Sunni militants of ISIS. Now Iran sees Baghdad as a strategic partner, and the ISIS militias as unacceptable neighbors.

Meanwhile, the United States has been noncommittal about how much it is willing to offer. In a statement on Thursday, President Obama said, "I don't rule out anything," but the White House appears reluctant to risk any military assets that might draw the Americans back into a war they just got out of. Obama said the government in Iraq is going to need more help, but expressly stated that ground troops are not an option.

However, if Iran is willing to do more than the U.S. to protect the people in Baghdad in the immediate future, then the list bad options in the region could soon get much worse.

via yahoonews







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