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Iraqi onlookers gather on Friday, at the scene of an explosion that took place the previous night in the Karrada district, one of Baghdad’s Shiite Muslim majority districts. Violence struck Baghdad, with attacks including two car bombs killing at least 13 people in the Iraqi capital. The blasts went off in Karrada, a district packed with shops and restaurants, shortly after the time when people gather for the iftar meal breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast many Iraqi Muslims observe during the holy month of Ramadan.
Shia volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraq army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), on Wednesday, in Baghdad
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An Iraqi woman holds her son as more than 1,000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on Tuesday in Khazair, Iraq
The Iraqi Special Operations Forces prepare for patrol in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) from the city of Tikrit on Monday, after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across of Iraq and Syria
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter takes his position on the front line with militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq
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A child is seen at a camp for displaced Iraqi Shiite Turkmen who fled their town of Tal Afar, in Shikhan, in Kurdistan’s Dohuk province
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Kurdish security forces take up positions while guarding an oil refinery on the outskirts of Mosul after Sunni extremists advanced through west Iraq in recent days
Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces take their positions during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi.
An al-Qaida-inspired militant stand guard at a checkpoint captured from the Iraqi Army outside Baiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq
Newly recruited Iraqi volunteers, wearing police force uniforms, take part in a training session on Tuesday in the central Shia Muslim city of Karbala