Why is the US taking the side of Iran-backed Shia militias in the battle for Tikrit (in Iraq)?

  • Iraqi army (Shia dominated) + Shia militias (backed by Iran) fighting to regain Tikrit (occupied by ISIS Sunni extremists).
  • US now involved because US is anti-ISIS and more importantly, wants to displace Iranian leadership in the anti-ISIS campaign in Iraq.
  • Despite wanting a nuclear deal, US is concerned about growing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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