AP has reported that thousands of Shias from Baghdad and across southern Iraq have answered the call to arms on Saturday by joining security forces to fight Sunni fighters.
The Associated Press reports that some food prices have risen dramatically in Baghdad in recent days, partly as a result of transportation disruptions on the main road linking the capital with provinces to the north.
"We were not prepared for this sudden spike in the prices of foodstuff, vegetables and fuel," said Yasser Abbas, a government employee from the Sadr City district.
"I do not know how the poor people in Baghdad will manage their life in the coming days. God be with them until this crisis is over because hunger is as dangerous as bullets."
Kurdish forces are in control of one the two official border crossings with Syria, which they seized after Iraqi forces withdrew, a senior Kurdish security official said on Sunday.
The Kurdish troops took control of the Rabia crossing on Tuesday and have held it since, said Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the ministry responsible for the Kurdish peshmerga forces.
Two peshmerga fighters were killed in an attack by gunmen after Kurdish troops took the crossing, Yawar said.
Reuters breaking news of a suicide blast in Baghdad. At least nine people dead and 20 injured by an attacker wearing a suicide vest, the agency says, citing police sources.