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Baghdad's divided city district on brink of chaos as return to 'bad old days' looms

Colin Freeman

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

Mehdi Army fighters take part in military-style training in Baghdad. Reuters
Mehdi Army fighters take part in military-style training in Baghdad. Reuters

Waving rocket-propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs, the convoy of Shia militiamen rolled down the Baghdad street, a 30-vehicle column of vans, pick-up trucks and battered saloon cars.

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Above the roar of their engines, they chanted how they were now crushing the "terrorists" of Isis, the Sunni extremists who have seized much of northern Iraq.

This particular victory parade, however, was nowhere near the front line – nor was it welcomed by those for whom it was put on.

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