U.S. takes help in Iraq from where it can, regardless of source

September 7, 2014 3:29 AM

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WASHINGTON -- The urgent fight to keep Islamic State forces from taking over more of Iraq has led the Obama administration to tolerate, and in some cases even approve, things it once would have loudly protested.

When Iraqi Shia militias, backed by Iran and long branded illegal by the administration, retook the town of Amerli from the Sunni Muslim extremists last week, U.S. officials breathed a sigh of relief.

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