Iraq's Sahwa sees a rise in volunteers

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Iraq Sahwa leader Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha said Friday (January 4th) that an increasing number of people are seeking to work for or volunteer at al-Sahwa forces committees and offices the country. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda is facing a shortage of recruits, he said.

"Al-Sahwa offices in all cities across Anbar, Baghdad, Salaheddine, Ninawa, Diyala, Kirkuk, Wasit and Babil provinces receive hundreds of applications every month from young people desiring to work as part of al-Sahwa without anything in return, whether salaries or promised future jobs," he told Al-Shorfa.

"They just want to fight al-Qaeda or help fight al-Qaeda in any way."

"This is a natural and expected reaction from the Iraqis who now know the real nature of terrorism, which at the same time faces a problem in recruitment," he said.

"Al-Sahwa forces study these applications before referring them to the Iraqi government," he added.

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