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If President Barack Obama truly wants to degrade and destroy ISIS, he is going to have to find a way to collaborate with Iran – the one great power in the Middle East with which America is still at odds. Engagement with Iran – while hard and complicated – would be a strategic game-changer, with beneficial effects spreading across the region from Iraq to Syria to Afghanistan.The United States has some influence with the Iraqi government, but Iran has far more. The Shiite religious parties that today run the country have been funded by Iran for decades. If the goal is to get the Iraqi government to share more power with the Sunnis, Iran's help would be invaluable, perhaps vital.Iran opposed the Taliban, helped oust it, and cooperated with the United States at the Bonn Conference, held after the fall of the Taliban, to install the new Afghan government of Hamid Karzai.Engagement will not be a rapprochement; Iran and the U.S. have too many issues that divide them, unless things really change in Tehran.
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