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Haider al-Abadi made his first visit to the White House on April 14 as the prime minister of Iraq and requested expedited delivery of U.S. weapons and F-16s to fight ISIS.Critics point to inconsistencies in the U.S. approach to the region as it deals with each country on a bilateral basis, at times seemingly aligning with Iran and Shiite militias against ISIS in Iraq and at other times aligning with Saudi Arabia against Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Yemen.Sunnis will only turn against ISIS when they see that the extremists cannot win and that there are better alternatives, and when they receive support from the Iraqi government and the U.S. So far, little progress has been made in helping Sunnis to fight ISIS.In response – and out of fear that the U.S. is acquiescing to Iran as a regional hegemon – Arab countries are mobilizing to resist what they view as an expanding Iranian empire as witnessed by the attempted creation of an Arab army to fight in Yemen.ISIS is using U.S. weapons that the Iraqi army abandoned.Shiite militias in Iraq are using U.S. weapons meant for the Iraqi army.In this way, the U.S. has the potential to reorder the region.
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