Iraqi Shiite militiamen chant slogans during clashes with the ISIS in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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The U.S. has failed to live up to its promises to help Iraq fight ISIS, unlike the "unconditional" assistance being given by Iran, the commander of Iraq's powerful Shiite militias alleged Friday.Iraqi forces entered Tikrit for the first time Wednesday from the north and south.In November, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more U.S. troops to bolster Iraqi forces, which could more than double the total of American forces in Iraq to 3,100 .The U.S. is not taking part in the operation in Tikrit, with U.S. officials saying they were not asked by Iraq to participate.Separately, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, urged the government to step up its support for the Shiite militias and to take care of the families of militiamen killed in battle.Abdul Jabbar said that if the government failed to stop revenge attacks by Shiite militias, Iraq would face reignited sectarian tensions, similar to those it witnessed at the height of Iraq's sectarian wars in 2006 and 2007 .
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