Iraqi Shiites battling IS group appeal for aid as shortages force desertions

December 20, 2014 5:30 AM

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Iraqi Shiites battling IS group appeal for aid as shortages force desertions

In this Monday, Aug 18, 2014 file photo, Iraqi Shiite fighters make their way to the front line to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq. The Shiite fighters are credited for curbing the Sunni militants advance on Baghdad and the surrounding areas and for achieving significant progress on the ground, including breaking the extremists' siege on the northern Shiite-majority town of Amerli in August and later, in operations to liberate Jurf al-Sakher, a town south of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE In this Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 file photo, fighters from a militant Shiite group known as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, fire a mortar round towards positions of militants from the Islamic State group on the front line in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghd...

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