Iraqi Shiite worshipers attend Friday noon prayer in the central shrine city of Karbala on October 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mohammed Sawaf
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Iraq's most senior Shiite authority called on the government Friday to rush to the aid of Sunni tribes battling ISIS, after the militant group executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week.At least 220 bodies of men from the Albu Nimr tribe, who had been seized by ISIS days earlier, were found.Washington hopes Iraq's Shite-dominated government can rebuild a shaky alliance with Sunni tribes, particularly in Anbar.General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States was prepared to expand its limited mission in Iraq into Anbar province, but only if the government armed the Sunni tribesmen.
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