REFILE-Shi’ite militias prepare to deploy en masse to Iraq’s Anbar -spox
Anti-Houthi fighters of the Southern Popular Resistance stand on a tank in Yemen's southern port city of Aden - REUTERS

BAGHDAD: Shi’ite paramilitaries were preparing to deploy en masse to Iraq’s western province of Anbar on Monday after Islamic State militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in their biggest victory since last summer.

A spokesman for the Shi’ite paramilitaries known as Hashid Shaabi told Reuters they had received instructions to mobilise, but the timing and scale of the deployment could not be revealed for security reasons.

“Now that the Hashid has received the order to march forth, they will definitely take part,” said Ali al-Sarai, a member of the Hashid Shaabi’s media wing. “They were waiting for this order and now they have it.

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