ISIS Kills Shiite Volunteers Outside Holy City
Meanwhile, the White House says it may cooperate military with Iran
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2014 6:25 PM CDT
Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against Sunni militants, in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nabil Al-Jurani)

(Newser) – Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria killed over two dozen volunteer Shiite fighters today outside the holy city of Samarra—the first such attack since Shiites began signing up against ISIS, the New York Times reports. The volunteers, aiming to reinforce Iraqi defenses in Samarra, were traveling in refrigerator trucks when a roadside bomb went off and Sunni insurgents opened fire. The insurgents have threatened to level a Shiite shrine in Samarra; an attack on the shrine 8 years ago triggered sectarian fighting across the country. In other news:

  • The White House is shipping about 275 military personnel to defend the US embassy in Baghdad, CNN reports.
  • The Obama administration is publicly flirting with the idea of teaming up with Iran to counter the Sunni insurgency. John Kerry said he was "open to discussions" with Iran and wouldn't "rule out" military cooperation, the Wall Street Journal reports (but a Pentagon official denied any such cooperation was in the works).
  • Iran has reportedly sent its renowned military leader, Gen. Qassim Suleimani, to Iraq along with 500 to 2,000 troops.
  • For his part, President Obama said Nouri al-Maliki's government must mend fences with Sunnis as a prerequisite to US military aid.

For more, read about the insurgents' latest military advances and reported massacres.

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Jun 17, 2014 1:20 PM CDT
win win savages killing savages! send them more bodybags not troops!
Jun 17, 2014 7:23 AM CDT
The last time Iran cooperated with US on something was after 9/11 when Iran helped US in overthrowing Taliban in Afghanistan. Immediately after that Americans repaid the Iranian favor by including Iran in Axis of Evil and ratcheting up sanctions and threatening to bomb Iran. Already Iran's chief of national security assembly has said that there will be no cooperation with US and that Iran will do whatever necessary without US. This basically means that Iran is going to expand its influence in Iraq a country that US spent blood and treasure to free from old American buddy and honorary Detroit citizen, Saddam Hussain. And ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, the ISIS are just a blow back from US policies in Syria where in US and its allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar have been busy creating and supporting Qaeda groups for 3 years now. Much like the 1980's of Afghanistan. Absolutely no lessons were learned during all this time that associating with Wahabism will have serious consequences in future.
Jun 17, 2014 7:03 AM CDT
ISIS = Another try to whip up the stupid Americans into yet another war . This time with Syria. If you dont buy into it, expect another false flag 9/11 ANOTHER war for Israel