4,00o volunteers are dispatched to help bolster the troops fighting the Sunni militants in Ramadi, a small city west of Baghdad. Gen. Rasheed Flayeh, the commander of operations in Anbar province, says 2,500 of the reinforcements arrived yesterday in Ramadi, and the rest are expected to arrive today. The majority of the volunteers are Shiites answering a call from the country’s top Shiite cleric asking for help in defending the country from the militants who have already seized control of much of northern and western Iraq.
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