In this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 file photo, Iraqi Shiite militiamen fire their weapons during clashes with militants from ISIS, in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
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Iraq's most influential Shiite authority said Friday that corruption in the armed forces had enabled ISIS to seize much of northern Iraq, criticism that will pressure the government to enact reforms in the face of an insurgency.Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has become increasingly critical of Iraqi leaders since ISIS' lightning advance created Iraq's worst crisis since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 . Their alleged violations of human rights have exacerbated sectarian tensions, with the Sunni minority complaining of kidnappings, torture and executions.Militia leaders deny those accusations and say their fighters are hunting ISIS fighters who hide in Sunni communities. Britain has said it will send more army trainers to Iraq in coming weeks to support the Iraqi armed forces' battle against ISIS.
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