Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges government to step up support for Shiite militias fighting IS

March 13, 2015 10:53 AM

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Iraq's top Shiite cleric urges government to step up support for Shiite militias fighting IS

Shiite militiamen prepare to attack Islamic State extremists at Camp Speicher, the front line in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 12, 2015. Rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday as Iraqi security forces clashed with Islamic State militants a day after sweeping into the Sunni city north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

A Shiite militiaman returnes from a battle against Islamic State extremists at Camp Speicher, the front line in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 12, 2015. Rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday as Iraqi security forc...

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