September 29, 2014
The Iraqi government has stepped up security measures in the capital Baghdad as a response to reports that the group that calls itself the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is approaching. The militant group has vowed to march on the city after occupying several key towns, including Iraq's second city, Mosul. Tens of thousands of volunteers have answered the call to join security forces and push back Islamic State militants. Recruiting volunteers is part of what officials have described as a new strategy to protect Baghdad and its surroundings.