18 Jun 2014 21:00
June 18, 2014
Mahdi Army fighters loyal to Iraqi-Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in the holy city of Najaf. The Mahdi Army, also known as the Jaish al-Mahdi, vowed to defend the city from the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it continues its assault across Iraq.
The deployment of the Mahdi Army to the streets of Najaf is yet another significant sign that Iraq is headed to larger, more widespread civil war.