From Michael Ware
CNN WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iranian influence on Iraq's ruling parties is a "stark reality," the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq said Thursday, but he said Iranian support for Iraqi Shiite Muslim militias has raised "genuine concern" among leaders in Baghdad.In a CNN interview after two days before Congress, Gen. David Petraeus said some Iranian influence in Iraq was "understandable" given the ruling Shiite coalition's longstanding ties to Iran.

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