By Faith Karimi and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN June 13, 2014 -- Updated 1404 GMT (2204 HKT) Violence is spreading and security deteriorating in the nation, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to say the beleaguered government required assistance. "It's going to need more help from us, and it's going to need more help from the international community," Obama said. "I don't rule out anything." With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials. The so-called Shiite crescentâstretching from Iran to Iraq, Lebanon and Syriaâwas forged largely as a result of this effort. Two Guards' units, dispatched from Iran's western border provinces on Wednesday, were tasked with protecting Baghdad and the holy Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf, these security sources said. Iraq's military was trained and equipped by the U.S. and coalition forces. When attacked by insurgents in several cities this week, Iraqi soldiers surrendered without a fight. Iran has also positioned troops on full alert along its border with Iraq and has given clearance to its air force to bomb ISIS rebel forces if they come within about 60 miles of Iran's border, according to an Iranian army general. The two IRGC battalions that moved to Iraq on Wednesday were shifted from the Iranian border provinces of Urumieh and Lorestan, the Iranian security officials said. The involvement of Iran would pose yet another security challenge for the White House, and raises the prospect of the U.S. and Iran fighting on the same side. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/13/world/meast/iraq-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 Obama's dream come true.