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Iran is helping Iraqi forces re-take territory from the so-called Islamic State—but the US is not part of the action. We update the battle for the city of Tikrit, potential conflicts between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites and the possibility of Iraq becoming an even more divided country.

Also, GOP dissent over a letter sent to Iran on a nuclear deal, and the racist roots of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Photo: Iraqi Defense Minister Shawkat B. Zebari, and US Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conduct a press conference in Baghdad, March 9, 2015 (D. Myles Cullen/US Department of Defense)

GOP Dissent over the Letter Sent to Iran on Nuclear Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Forty-seven Republican Senators have sent an open letter telling Iran that any nuclear deal made by the current administration could be undone by the next one. In a written statement, Vice President Biden calls it a "false" and "dangerous" message that "our Commander in Chief cannot deliver on America's commitments" and a decision "to undercut our constitutional system." President Obama told reporters, "It's somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It's an unusual coalition" Michael Crowley is senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico.

Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)

Iran Takes the Lead… in Iraq 34 MIN, 17 SEC

Iraqi forces are making headway in efforts to re-take Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit from ISIS. The major city of Mosul could be next. Iran is very much part of the action — with advisors to Shiite militias in Iraq's Sunni heartland — which could lead to bloody internal conflicts. There are predictions that Iraq may end up even more divided. Meantime, it's reported that ISIS is destroying ancient monuments and priceless artifacts. But American forces are nowhere to be seen. Is it too late for the US to make any difference?

Tamer El-Ghobasy, Wall Street Journal (@tamerelg)
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)
James Jeffrey, Washington Institute (@washinstitute)
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Middle East Forum (@ajaltamimi)

El-Ghobasy on US ruling out airstrikes to protect Iraqi antiquities
Wright on Tikrit, the test of Iraq's future
Al-Tamimi on the tru cost of America's anti-ISIS strategy

Is Oklahoma Frat an Isolated Case? 9 MIN, 10 SEC

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded in Alabama two months before the Civil War. Now, it's the nation's biggest college fraternity. The President of the University of Oklahoma, former Governor and US Senator David Boren, has expelled two students and banned their fraternity from his campus. It's all about members chanting racist lyrics -- about lynching and that no African Americans will be allowed to join -- in a video that went viral. Matthew Hughey is a professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. He studies racism and racial identity.

Matthew Hughey, University of Connecticut (@ProfHughey)

SAE responds to Oklahoma video, continues investigations

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