Mideast Iraq

Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center in Baghdad. (file photo)

Iraqi Army soldiers parade inside the main army recruiting center during a recruiting drive for men to volunteer for military service in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. The campaign by the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State militants has raised the specter of the sectarian warfare that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007, with the popular mobilization to fight the insurgents taking an increasingly sectarian slant, particularly after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric made a call to arms on Friday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)y the country’s top Shiite cleric to join the fight against Sunni militants advancing in the north. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

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