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In Iraq, Shiite militias are both friend and foe
In Iraq, Shiite militias are both friend and foe

Abu Karar, an eager Shiite Muslim militiaman, is willing to fight alongside the Iraqi army against Islamic State militants. But he is not counting on the army for much support in battle. "If we get attacked, we look to them for help but they never come. We're always left on our own," the 20-year-old, wearing a military camouflage cap, said in his living room in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. Like many Iraqis, Karar believes the will and determination to hold off Islamic State advances will not come from Iraq's weak and fractured army. Instead, Iraq's most effective fighting forces may be the highly motivated Shiite militias that have mobilized to counter Sunni-led...

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