Shi’ite forces ordered to deploy after fall of Iraqi city

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Baghdad: Shi’ite paramilitaries were preparing to deploy to Iraq’s western province of Anbar on Monday after Islamic State militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer. The U.S.-led coalition stepped up air raids against the Islamists, conducting 19 strikes in the vicinity of Ramadi over the past 72 hours at the request of the Iraqi security forces, a coalition spokesman said. A spokesman for the paramilitaries, which are known as Hashid Shaabi, told Reuters they had received orders to mobilise, but details could not be revealed for security reasons. “Now that the Hashid has received the order to march forward,…

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