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Thousands of Iraqi Shiites answer urgent call to fight militants
Thousands of Iraqi Shiites answer urgent call to fight militants

Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms Saturday, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants who have captured large swaths of territory north of the capital and now imperil a city with a much-revered religious shrine. The mobilization, urged by the nation's top Shiite cleric, took on a sectarian dimension that threatened to intensify Sunni-Shiite strife in a nation already ripped by religious fervor after the militants' battlefield successes. In Baghdad, fallout from the stunning advance in the north was beginning to affect daily life for the city's 7 million inhabitants. Some food prices rose...

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