MESOP : THE WASHINGTON / TEHRAN ALLIANCE – Washington increasingly relying on Iran to fight its battles in Iraq

5 March 2015 – New York Times – While the United States says it is not coordinating with Iran in the struggle against the Islamic State, it finds itself in an implicit alliance with Tehran and its allies in Iraq. U.S. war planners are monitoring radio frequencies to better understand the Iranian war effort, while both sides discuss their plans with Iraqi command centers to ensure that their efforts do not conflict.