All across Iraq at many volunteer centers, 100’s of Iraqi men stand in line to volunteer to fight. The surge of patriotism stems from a general lack of tolerance for continued insurgent activity near major Iraqi cities. Over the past months Islamist insurgents have fought harsh battles against the Iraqi army, and have been responsible for many deadly terrorist attacks. The official Iraqi army has finally gained some momentum against the rugged fighters who have taken a lot of territory in the Northern region of the country.
100’s Of Iraqis Volunteer To Fight Islamist Insurgents Who Threaten Their Safety
Since many of the insurgents across Iraq are determined to be Sunni Islamists, many of the volunteers stepping forward to fight against them have been Shi’ite Muslims. The Sunni and the Shi’ite have had a long history of religious violence towards each other, and these recent conflicts have been no different. Out of fear for their safety, and the safety of their religious centers, young Shi’ite men were encouraged to show their love for their country and their religion by taking up arms and volunteering to fight.
Since the United States military withdrew its troops a few years ago from Iraq, groups of insurgents have continued to cause chaos and destruction across the country. The Iraqi army has been able to contain much of this violence to the areas outside of the major cities, but in recent months they have encountered some defeats and setbacks. There are some who have lost confidence in the military’s ability to keep them safe, and there are some who fear that the violence might reach the cities. Citizens in Iraq have a right to fear, as groups like the Sunni militants are similar in their fashion to those groups who started the Civil War in Syria a few years ago. If the Iraqi military cannot keep these cells of terrorists at bay, the violence may overflow into well-populated areas.
Iranian and US Presidents have weighed considerations for sending aid to the Iraqi military, but have reportedly held back on doing so until the Iraqi forces can prove that they can get the situation under control. Sending in any amount of foreign troops into an already hostile situation may cause more harm that good for Iraq in the long run.
100’s Of Iraqis Volunteer To Fight Islamist Insurgents Who Threaten Their Safety.