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June 26, 2014 9:59 am

Iran Quietly Sending Drones and Military Supplies to Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

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An Iranian missile in front of portrait of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader.

An Iranian missile in front of portrait of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader. Photo: Iranian Government.

New York Times Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is supplying Iraqi forces with tons of military equipment and other supplies, according to American officials.

The secret Iranian programs are a rare instance in which Iran and the United States share a near-term goal: countering the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Sunni militants who have seized towns and cities in a blitzkrieg across western and northern Iraq. But even as the two nations provide military support to the embattled government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, they are watching each other’s actions warily as they jostle for influence in the region.

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