A Shiite fighter sleeps on the ground in northern Tikrit, March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A prominent Iraqi Sunni preacher urged authorities Friday to prevent Shiite militias from carrying out revenge attacks on Sunnis in Saddam Hussein's hometown. The militias are fighting alongside government forces against ISIS extremists in Tikrit.In his appeal, Sheik Abdel Sattar Abdul Jabbar cited reports of Shiite militiamen burning Sunni homes in the battle to win back Tikrit from ISIS hands.Abdul Jabbar said that if the government failed to stop revenge attacks by Shiite militias, the country would face reignited sectarian tensions -- such as the ones it witnessed at the height of Iraq's sectarian wars in 2006 and 2007 .Iraq's top Shiite authority called on the government to step up support for Shiite militias battling ISIS alongside Iraqi troops and to take care of fallen militiamen's families.
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