June 19, 2014 | Quote

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics of Iraqi Conflict

Some American analysts argue that U.S. collaboration with Iran could have serious consequences.

“Inviting Iran to help stabilize Iraq is a recipe for disaster,” said Jonathan Schanzer, a Mideast expert with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

He said Iran shouldn’t be a desirable partner for the U.S.

“It's also important to remember that ISIS's rise is directly tied to Iran's direct support to the Assad regime,” Schanzer said. “Iran dispatched the IRGC and Hezbollah to fight ISIS and others in Syria, which has only increased the fervor of the Sunni jihadi factions. Do we expect this not to happen in Iraq?”

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