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Watch: Iraqi Women Enlist to Fight ISIS

Not-so-convincing ensemble vow to 'fight to the death' alongside Iraqi government forces.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Iraqi Shia women march in support of the gove
Iraqi Shia women march in support of the gove
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You might have heard of Dad's Army - well, now meet Mum's Army.

As Iraq undergoes a rapid descent into civil war along sectarian lines - amid an alliance of Sunni rebels including the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the north, and the mass-mobilization of Iranian-backed Shia militias in the south - pro-government Al-Iraqiya TV has shown how some Iraqi women are joining the fray.

In what looks more like a crude piece of propaganda than a serious interview (at points the women are even instructed on what slogans to chant by their interviewer), around a dozen women of various ages can be seen brandishing weapons including swords, pistols, AK-47 assault rifles and machine guns, and vowing to "fight to the death" against ISIS.

Although ISIS has played a key role in the lightening offensive by Sunni rebels, it is far from the only group active in the fight against the Shia-dominated government. Sunni Muslims in the country have long complained of discrimination and abuse at the hands of the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

But ISIS's prominent role in the offensive - which is now threatening the capital Baghdad - and its wider ambitions for an Islamic mega-state spanning Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel (or "Palestine") and Jordan is regularly highlighted by pro-government groups.