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Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in Husseiniya, about 13 miles (20 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq today. Iraqi officials say a series of car bombings across Iraq Monday killed and wounded dozens of people.
An Iraqi army cadet performs “the leap of faith” from a bridge during training in Baghdad today.
A young Iraqi girl who fled the violence in the northern city of Tal Afar poses for a photo at the Bahrka camp for internally displaced people, some ten kilometres west of Arbil, in the autonomous Kurdistan region
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Iraqi children hold an empty frame at a garbage dump, in the Diwaniya village, east of the holy city of Najaf, on Friday
Iraqi men mourn outside a mosque in the holy city of Najaf on Thursday during the funeral of Shia victims of this morning’s truck bombing in Baghdad’s northern suburb of Sadr City
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A Kurdish man harvests sunflowers in the district of Rania, 145km east of northern Iraq’s Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah
Iraqis swim at an irrigation canal on the outskirts of Baghdad as temperatures reach close to 50 degrees Celsius (122F) as authorities declared a holiday
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Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units supporting the Iraqi government forces fire towards Islamic State group positions during clashes on the northern outskirts of the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad.
A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi Sukhoi jet accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni’iriya district in Baghdad on Monday
A displaced Sunni woman, fleeing violence from Mosul, washes her child on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad
An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation force holds his weapon as he keeps position during a battle against jihadists from the Islamic State group to retake the strategic town Baiji, north of Tikrit, on Monday
Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State (IS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad, on Wednesday
Iraqi soldiers fire towards Islamic State (IS) group positions in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraq’s army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences
Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers carry a mock coffin outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as they gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Thursday in the Kadhimiya district of northern Baghdad
Iraqi Shia Muslim worshippers mourn as they gather at the shrine of Imam Mussa al-Kadhim to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam on Wednesday in the northern district of Kadhimiya in the Iraqi capital Baghdad
An Iraqi Shia fighter from the Popular Mobilisation units, part of the Zahraa Brigade, poses for a picture under a sign which reads in Arabic “Lions of Najaf” during a training exercise in the central Iraqi city of Kufa, some 160 kms south of Baghdad, on Monday
A member of the Iraqi security forces stands between captured ammunition of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant being displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, Iraq on Tuesday
Iraqi fighters of the government-controlled Popular Mobilisation units take part in a military operation to take control of Tikrit, 160km north of Baghdad, from jihadists from the Islamic state (IS) group, on Wednesday
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A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State group fighters.
A combination photo shows children from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the Iraqi town of Sinjar due to violence by Islamic State militants, as they pose at their holy Lilash temple in northern Iraq. Thousands of Yazidis have been shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by Islamic State militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers. U.S. President Barack Obama authorized air strikes in Iraq in August, citing the duty to prevent an impending genocide of Yazidis at the hands of Islamic State militants after they overran a vast swathe of northern Iraq. Simonovic said that Islamic State was forcing Yazidis to either convert to Islam or be killed with the intent of destroying the religious group. Islamic State originally attacked the area around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, in August. They advanced on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.