Iraq

Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world's biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on July 29, 2014, during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world’s biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on Tuesday in Iraq

Iraqi onlookers gather on July 25, 2014, 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. AFP PHOTO/ALI AL-SAADIALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images

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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.

Shiite volunteers from the Iraqi Ketaeb (brigade) Hezbollah, march as they join the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on July 9, 2014, in Baghdad.. Iraq's government once battled entrenched Shiite militiamen but is now making common cause with them against a jihadist-led onslaught that Baghdad's forces are struggling to contain on their own.

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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

An Iraqi woman holds her exhausted son as over 1000 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 July 1, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. The families, many with small and sick children, had no shelter and little water and food. The displacement camp Khazair is now home to an estimated 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDP's) with the number rising daily. Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region.

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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

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) prepare before going out on a patrol in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, June 30, 2014. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria. Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a medieval title last widely recognised in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One.

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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 (ISIL), in Tuz Khormato, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the oil rich province of Kirkuk, northern Iraq, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. A defiant Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected calls Wednesday for an interim "national salvation government" intended to undermine the Sunni insurgency by presenting a unified front among Iraq's three main groups, calling it a "coup against the constitution."

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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

A child is seen at a camp for displaced Iraqi Shiite Turkmen

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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

Members of Kurdish security forces take up positions with their weapons while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control.

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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

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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 Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The fighting at Beiji comes as Iraq has asked the U.S. for airstrikes targeting the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While U.S. President Barack Obama has not fully ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes, such action is not imminent in part because intelligence agencies have been unable to identify clear targets on the ground, officials said.

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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