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Iraqi commander of the Badr militia, Hadi al-Ameri, stands in the Al-Alam area, north of Baghdad, on March 22, 2015 as he talks to the media in front of a map showing the areas west of the nearby city of Tikrit that have been captured by Iraqi government forces from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group. Ameri said that Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top officer responsible for foreign operations, provides assistance in Iraq "whenever we need him". "Qassem Soleimani is here whenever we need him," added Ameri, whose Badr militia is a powerful Iranian-backed force in the fight against IS. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi commander of the Badr militia, Hadi al-Ameri, stands in the Al-Alam area, north of Baghdad, on March 22, 2015 as he talks to the media in front of a map showing the areas west of the nearby city of Tikrit that have been captured by Iraqi government forces from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group.  Ameri said that Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top officer responsible for foreign operations, provides assistance in Iraq "whenever we need him". "Qassem Soleimani is here whenever we need him," added Ameri, whose Badr militia is a powerful Iranian-backed force in the fight against IS. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)