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Shiite Militia Forces Battling the Islamic State are Suffering from Low Morale
Pro-government fighters describe poor conditions and slow progress as they struggle to regain territory from the well-equipped insurgents.
Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric Urges Political Leaders Not to 'Cling' to Power
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani plea was seemingly referring to beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is facing calls to step down.
Shiite Cleric Urges Iraqis to Fight Against ISIS
The call comes as Iraqi army helicopters launch attack in Tikrit against the Sunni militant group sweeping across parts of the country.