Russia Joins Iran, Syria on List of United States Allies in Iraq

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June 30 2014 4:44 PM

Russia Joins Iran, Syria on List of United States Allies in Iraq

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A Russian SU-25 plane arriving in Baghdad.

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Russia is contributing 12 warplanes and the advice of military "experts" to the Iraqi government's war against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria rebels, the New York Times reports.

The Iraqi military is also currently supported by:

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- 300 United States advisors and some United States drones

- Iranian drones and the reported on-the-ground efforts of elite Iranian units 

The United States, Iran, Syria, and Russia: a dream team of 21st-century global instigators.

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