Sunnis in Iraq's Samarra fear growing presence of Shiite militias fighting Islamic State group

March 25, 2015 6:00 AM

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Sunnis in Iraq's Samarra fear growing presence of Shiite militias fighting Islamic State group

In this Sunday, March 22, 2015 photo, Iraqi security forces descend along the al-Malwiya minaret at the Al-Mutawakkil Mosque in Samarra, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. The rapidly mobilized Shiite militias halted their advance and have successfully defended the city, which is also home to a famed 9th century A.D. spiral minaret and is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. The structure is still standing, but today it is covered in black and red graffiti hailing the various militias. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (The Associated Press)

In this Sunday, March 22, 2015 photo, Sheik Jaber al-Lami, a militia fighter from Baghdad, now based in Samarra, prays inside a Shiite shrine in Samarra, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. “Daesh consists of 10 percent foreigners and 90 percent residents of the area,” said al-Lami, usi...

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