Indian Shiite Muslims hold placards during a protest against the violence in Iraq in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar .)
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Thousands of Muslims in India have signed up to defend Iraq's holy shrines and, if need be, fight Sunni Islamist militants in the country where the civilian death toll from the Sunni insurgents' advance is estimated at around 1,300 .Denouncing the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) as terrorists, Indian Muslims have filled out forms, complete with passport-size photographs and photocopied identification documents, to travel to Iraq.A Shiite sheikh is leading the effort and the volunteers want to protect shrines venerated by the sect in Iraq, but the group's leaders say their cause is not sectarian.
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