Mohamed Thaban al Shiblawy, head of Iraq's powerful Shibil tribe, pledged 2,500 of his best fighters to join government forces in the battle against the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State. A massive paramilitary effort is under way to shore up the beleaguered Iraqi army, but there are concerns that the central government is too weak to keep so many new militiamen under control.
Mohamed Thaban al Shiblawy, head of Iraq's powerful Shibil tribe, pledged 2,500 of his best fighters to join government forces in the battle against the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State. A massive paramilitary effort is under way to shore up the beleaguered Iraqi army, but there are concerns that the central government is too weak to keep so many new militiamen under control. MCT
Mohamed Thaban al Shiblawy, head of Iraq's powerful Shibil tribe, pledged 2,500 of his best fighters to join government forces in the battle against the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State. A massive paramilitary effort is under way to shore up the beleaguered Iraqi army, but there are concerns that the central government is too weak to keep so many new militiamen under control. MCT

As Shiite militias return to the fight, Iraqi politicians worry about sectarian war

July 06, 2014 07:56 PM

UPDATED July 07, 2014 07:36 AM

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