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In the eyes of most Iraqis, their country's best ally in the war against ISIS is not the United States and the coalition air campaign against the militants.Iran has effectively taken charge of Iraq's defense against the radical group, meeting the Iraqi government's need for immediate help on the ground.Iran's most potent military force and best known general – the Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force and its commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani – are organizing Iraqi forces and have become the de facto leaders of Iraqi Shiite militias that are the backbone of the fight.A flood of Shiite volunteers joined the fight to fill the void, bolstering the ranks of Shiite militias already allied with Iran.Sunni lawmaker Mohammad al-Karbuly said the United States must increase its support of Iraq against the extremists in order to reduce Iran's influence.Speaking this week at a memorial service in Iran for a Revolutionary Guard officer gunned down by an ISIS sniper, Amiri mused that Iraqi Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's 3-month-old administration would have been a "government-in-exile" if not for Iran's swift help to protect Baghdad, according to Iran's Fars news agency.
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