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Volunteers of the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Thousands of Shiite militiamen have paraded in Baghdad and several other cities in southern Iraq with heavy weaponry, signaling their readiness to take on Sunni militants who control a large chunk of the country’s north. The Arabic on the banner reads, “No for America, No for Israel, No for Terrorism, No for ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).”

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