Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, chant slogans in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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Hisham Issa Kamel slipped out of his home in Baghdad early Friday and headed to a recruitment centre, joining thousands of others signing up to fight an offensive by Sunni Arab militants.Kamel went to answer that call along with thousands of others at a recruitment centre in central Baghdad.Soldiers patted down the arriving volunteers and checked their identity cards. The commander of the recruitment centre, Brigadier General Fadhel Abdulsahib, said thousands of people of all ages have joined up.A number of retired officers have even been willing to join as the lowest enlisted rank, he added.
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