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Iraq's Sunni-Shi'a Unity
Contrary to western media reports that depicts sectarian divide amongst Muslims in Iraq, there is unity in Iraq amongst Shi'as and Sunnis. The Zionist aim is to stir up Sunni Shi'a differences in Iraq and the Muslim world to weaken the Muslims so that Israel can dominate them easily without having any resistance due to Muslims in-fighting amongst themselves. They tried very hard to achieve this in Iraq but have failed. Now their only resort is to spread Sunni - Shi'a divide in their controlled media with stories depicting ISIS as Sunni and everyone against them as Shi'as. Although ISIS is far outside of Sunni Islam through their systematic violation of the tenets of Islam with their barbaric actions targeting Shi'as, Sunnis, Christians and innocents of all persuasions. The western media falsely portrays any opposition to ISIS as Shi'a although the opposition is also coming from Sunnis as well. Below are a few articles showing how Sunnis and Shi'as are joining together in Iraq against ISIS, who is a common enemy to all Muslims and everything that Islam stands for.
Iraqi Sunnis flock to recruiting centers to fight back ISIL
As Iraqi army, along with volunteer militia, has stepped up its counter-attack against ISIL militants, the number of Sunni volunteers rushing to recruiting centers has gone up.
Volunteers formed human chains outside several recruiting centers in the capital Baghdad and other cities in a show of unity and solidarity with the Shia Muslims.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Iraqi tribal members as well as clerics in the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq held rallies to express their support for the army’s fight against terrorists.
As the number of volunteers rises, several new recruiting centers have been set up across Iraq.
Basra governorate has allocated 40 million Iraqi dinar to equip volunteers fighting against ISIL terrorists, a provincial official said.
A senior provincial official in Basra estimated that more than one million citizens will volunteer to join the fight against terrorists.
On June 10, ISIL militants took control of Mosul, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes since then.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their raid toward the capital Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back.
Sunni tribes register to help Iraqi army against ISIL radicals
Al-Alam correspondent in Basra reported on Tuesday that fighters from eight Sunni tribes registered the "Ahl al-Sunnah" group to cooperate with the army in their fight against the ISIL militants.
Sheikh Muhammad Blasem, head of the Waqf Office for Sunni Muslims in Basra, told Al-Alam reporter that the group is going to fight for protecting Iraqi people under the command of Iraqi security forces.
Iraqi forces continue their battle against the ISIL Takfiri group, which is threatening to take its acts of violence to several Iraqi cities, including Baghdad.
On June 10, the ISIL militants took control of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province. They later took control of the city of Tikrit, located about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Hundreds of thousands of volunteer fighters have formed defense groups to help their army fight against Takfiri militants.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that his country will contain terrorists and get over the ‘conspiracy’ that has already taken hundreds of lives.
A UN report said on Tuesday that more than a thousand people have been killed in the recent unrest only between June 5 to 22.
Two million volunteered to fight against ISIL: Iraqi minister
The government has no capacity to process any more volunteers, he adds.
"No one knows when this battle will end, but we will win it," al-Shahristani insists.
The volunteers, who have pledged to join the nation's security forces to battle ISIL terrorists, gathered at the Federal Police Command headquarters across the country to sign up. They then set off in a convoy of trucks and buses towards the front line.
Millions of Iraqis including Shiites and Sunnis have heeded a call from the most revered spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to take up arms against the group, which has captured large areas of territory north of Baghdad.
The governor of a majority Shiite southern province said his region has already sent 5,000 volunteers to stem ISIL's advance in the north of the country.
The volunteers have headed to Balad and Samara - the most northerly major city still held by Iraqi forces - and to the outskirts of Mosul, Dhi Qar governor Yahya Baqer al-Nasiri told local news service Al-Mada Press.
Local sources said Samara was thronged with volunteers. The city 125 kilometers north of Baghdad is the site of one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines.
Security officials reported clashes in various locations in Diyala and Kirkuk provinces, north of the capital.
Unidentified gunmen abducted 100 people in a raid on a vegetable market in Muweilaha, 60 kilometers south of Baghdad, and took them to an unknown location, a security official says.
The army was engaging gunmen in battle near Baquba, only 60 kilometers north-east of the capital, officials said.
In Tikrit, which fell to ISIL on Wednesday, conditions for residents were reported to be difficult after the terrorist groups took the control and destroyed many infrastructures including drinking water and electricity.