Iraq airlifting 4,000 volunteers to boost government forces battling Sunni militants

July 13, 2014 4:42 PM

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Iraq airlifting 4,000 volunteers to boost government forces battling Sunni militants

BAGHDAD — Iraq is airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces that are locked in a running battle with Sunni militants, authorities said Saturday.

Around 2,500 of the volunteers arrived in Ramadi, located 70 miles west of the capital, on Friday, and were to be joined by the remaining 1,500 on Saturday, said Gen. Rasheed Flayeh, the commander of operations in Anbar province. The men are being ferried out to Ramadi from Baghdad by helicopter, he...

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