Progress in Iraq?

By Steve Handelsman

Published 06/27 2014 04:05PM

Updated 06/27 2014 04:07PM

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

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

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