Iraqi tribesmen show their readiness to join Iraqi forces

June 18, 2014

IRAQ, Baghdad : Iraqi tribesmen gathered on Monday in the capital Baghdad, to show their readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. 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.