Iranians in Iraq battle 'concerning': Pentagon chief

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC, March 11, 2015The presence of Iranian advisers in the Iraq battle for Tikrit is “concerning” to the United States, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Wednesday. A mostly Shiite Iraqi force, including Iranian-backed militias, entered Tikrit Wednesday from the Islamic State group after a 10-day push to enter the city. The presence of Iranian military advisers in that force “is something that is concerning to us in particular because the sectarian danger in Iraq is the principal thing that can unravel the campaign against ISIS,” Carter said using another name for IS. Iran backs a number of militias that are fighting the radical group IS which holds large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

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