A file picture taken on January 11, 2014 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaking during a political meeting in Baghdad
A file picture taken on January 11, 2014 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaking during a political meeting in Baghdad © Sabah Arar - AFP
A file picture taken on  January 11, 2014 shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaking during a political meeting in Baghdad
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Last updated: June 10, 2014

Iraq PM says government will arm citizens to fight militants

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The Iraqi government will provide weapons and equipment to citizens who volunteer to fight against militants, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday.

Maliki, in a statement broadcast on state TV, said the cabinet has "created a special crisis cell to follow up on the process of volunteering and equipping and arming".

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