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Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers, wearing police forces uniforms, take part in a training session on June 17, 2014 in the central Shiite Muslim city of Karbala. Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on June 15, 2014 that the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up.

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Newly recruited Iraqi volunteers, wearing police force uniforms, take part in a training session on Tuesday in the central Shia Muslim city of Karbala

TOPSHOTS A Iraqi young boy and tribesmen...TOPSHOTS A Iraqi young boy and tribesmen hold up their weapons as they gather to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 16, 2014 in the capital Baghdad. Faced with a militant offensive sweeping south toward Baghdad, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced the Iraqi government would arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight, and thousands have signed up.   AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYEAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi civilians gather in Baghdad to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern cities. Faced with a militant offensive sweeping towards Baghdad, thousands of civilians have signed up as volunteer fighters for the government. Read more

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 16, 2014. Sunni militants captured a key northern Iraqi town along the highway to Syria early on Monday, compounding the woes of Iraq's Shiite-led government a week after it lost a vast swath of territory to the insurgents in the country's north.

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Shia tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq

Rescuers carry a body after Syrian regime helicopters allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the Sukkari neighbourhood, an opposition-held district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on June 16, 2014,  killing at least 20 people, including several children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Rescuers carry a body after Syria government helicopters on Monday allegedly dropped barrel bombs on the Sukkari neighbourhood, an opposition-held district in the northern city of Aleppo

A Palestinian man walks on the rubble past a crater following an air strike by the Israeli airforce on Gaza City, on June 16, 2014. Israel launched air strikes on different areas of on Gaza Strip, as Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and arrested more than 40 overnight in the Israeli occupied West Bank, including the parliament speaker, in a massive crackdown on Hamas whom Israel accuses of kidnapping three teenagers.

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A Palestinian walks on rubble following an air strike by the Israeli air force on Gaza City during the weekend. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and arrested more than 40 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including the speaker of parliament, in a massive crackdown on Hamas whom Israel accuses of kidnapping three teenagers.

A Palestinian militant attends the funeral of militant Mohammed Al Awor in Beit Lahiya town, in the northern Gaza Strip, 12 June 2014. According to media reports, Al Awor was killed and two other people were wounded by an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza strip after militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into Israel on 11 June for the first time since a Palestinian unity goverment was formed. Israeli army said it had targeted militants in the Gaza Strip planning attacks on Israeli

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A Palestinian militant attends the funeral of Mohammed Al-Awor in Beit Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip. Al-Awor was killed by an Israeli air strike after militants fired a rocket into Israel

A Palestinian worker carries hays during the process of making charcoal for sale, in the West Bank village of Yabad near Jenin June 11, 2014.

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A Palestinian worker carries hays amongst piled wood during the process of making charcoal for sale, in the West Bank village of Yabad near Jenin

Ultra-orthodox Jews take part in celebrations after the wedding ceremony of Esther Rokeach and Avraham Safrin (not pictured) in Jerusalem June 11, 2014. Thousands gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the wedding between Safrin and Rokeach, the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.

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Ultra-orthodox Jews take part in celebrations after the wedding ceremony of the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world in Jerusalem

Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa...Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against against Yemen's fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa June 11, 2014.

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Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against Yemen‘s fuel shortages near the house of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sanaa

Iraqi children search through garbage for recyclable items on June 10, 2014, at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq.

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Iraqi children search through garbage for recyclable items on Wednesday at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq