ISIS Militants Still Pressing Forward in Iraq

CNN – Emboldened ISIS militants, backed by Sunni tribal leaders, pushed toward Baghdad on Friday as increasingly nervous U.S. officials mulled their limited options to help slow the militants’ advance.

In recent days, Iran has sent about 500 Revolutionary Guard troops to fight alongside Iraqi government security forces in Diyala province, a senior security official in Baghdad told CNN.

However, that claim was rejected by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

“We have made our position clear. We are not involved in fighting in Iraq,” ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told CNN.

A senior Iranian government official told CNN that Tehran is monitoring the situation in Iraq and could send advisers there, but would not send a fighting force.

Meanwhile, Sunni tribal leaders have lined up in support of radical Islamists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, making their push toward Baghdad easier, a Saudi intelligence official told CNN’s Nic Robertson.

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