The Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft loaded with bombers at an air base in Baghdad (REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily).

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Why U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit are good for the U.S. and Iraq

March 26, 2015, Kenneth M. Pollack

Kenneth M. Pollack refutes the argument that U.S. airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State are a mistake because they empower Iran and Shi'ite militias in Iraq and argues that, on the contrary, the request for U.S. air support offers a golden opportunity to restore American influence in Iraq. 

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