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Jaber al-Helo / The Associated Press

Friday, June 20, 2014

During bloody march in Iraq, militants display humor, savvy

Volunteers in a new Shiite "peace brigade" parade near the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, southern Iraq, on Friday. Such brigades have been formed to protect Shiite shrines as militant Sunnis in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continue to advance in Iraq.