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(Reuters) – The Iraqi soldier says he abandoned the army last week in despair. And while he still plans to fight he will not rejoin the unit he deserted in the western city of Ramadi.

Instead, he wants to sign up as a volunteer, alongside tens of thousands of others, to help defend Shi’ite shrines against Sunni insurgents who have swept the country’s north and west and who he believes now threaten his sect.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/14/us-iraq-security-volunteers-insight-idUSKBN0FF1HO20140714 – 7/15/2014.

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