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May 28, 2016 10:30 pm

US Concerned by Iranian-Led Effort to Capture Falluja From ISIS

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IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani. Photo: Wikipedia.

IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani. Photo: Wikipedia.

American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa, but in Iraq it is an entirely different story: Iran, not the United States, has become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold of Falluja from the militant group.

On the outskirts of Falluja, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, police officers and Shiite militiamen backed by Iran are preparing for an assault on the Sunni city, raising fears of a sectarian blood bath. Iran has placed advisers, including its top spymaster, Qassim Suleimani, on the ground to assist in the operation.

Read full story at The New York Times.

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