‘We will slaughter them!” could suddenly be heard from windows, in shops, everywhere in Baghdad’s prime neighborhood, Sadr City. The polished Kalashnikovs were prominently displayed in the hands of thousands of black-clad members of the infamous Shi’ite Mahdi Militia, German Deutsche Welle reported last Sunday. The notorious militia is said to be particularly ruthless and well-known for its death squads, bombings and kidnappings.

Simultaneously, 300 American military advisers scrambled to get on a plane from Washington to Baghdad. Their mission: Assisting the very same militia that surged in 2013 to crush the US occupation forces. But this time around, they will help the rebels carry out – from the rebels’ perspective – a religious war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a feared terrorist group hoping to erect a caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

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