Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to fight rebels | News | Al Jazeera

Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to fight rebels

Officials say nearly 100,000 people, mostly Shia, want to be recruited for the war against the Sunni rebels of ISIL.

    Thousands of Shia volunteers in Iraq have registered to fight with the army against the rebels led by the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    The registrations are said to have been boosted after the country's highest Shia Muslim leader said it was the duty of all Iraqis.

    Officials say about 100,000 people want to be recruited, most of them from Shia-majority places such as Najaf and Basra in the south.

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan reports from Baghdad, Iraq.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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