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Iraqis do not want to be 'puppets' of Iran: US

Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units celebrate in front of the the provincial council building inside the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit on March 31, 2015 during a military operation to retake it from ISUS Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that Iraqi leaders have asserted the country’s sovereignty in their war against jihadists and do not want to be “puppets” of Iran or other outside powers. In last month’s battle over the town of Tikrit, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had insisted that forces fighting the Islamic State group must be under Baghdad’s authority and not answer to neighboring Iran, Biden said. The vice president said media coverage had initially portrayed Shiite militias backed by Iran as “running the show” in the Tikrit offensive.

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