Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top Shiite sheikh to help save the country from ISIS militants, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.

“Sometimes, we didn’t have enough money to buy mobile scratch cards to call our families,” said Moussawi, a Shiite from the southern city of Basra. “Everybody felt like we were being forgotten by the government.”

Now Iraq’s Shiite religious establishment is urging the faithful to donate food, money and supplies.[…]