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Iraqi forces claim counterattack underway

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Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, has publicly demanded a new inclusive government by next week. (Source: NBC) Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, has publicly demanded a new inclusive government by next week. (Source: NBC)

(NBC) - As Iraqi government forces work to secure Baghdad, they claim they're counter-attacking ISIS militants as well.

Experts credit Iraqi generals, not Iraq's President Nouri al-Malaki for the action.

Malaki, a Shiite, has so alienated Iraqi Sunnis that some are joining with ISIS.

"It is almost a case where the government we are trying to help has a leader that's as much of a threat as the enemy is," says Anthony Cordesman, a military and intelligence consultant with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In a dramatic move on Friday, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, publicly demanded a new inclusive government by next week.

President Barack Obama now wants $500 million to arm anti-ISIS forces across the border in Syria, but just 39 percent of Americans, in the NBC News polls, want direct U.S. involvement.

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