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    Wave of Deadly Attacks Reported Across Iraq

    An Iraqi soldier monitors the Iraq-Syria border point, Abu Kamal, July 22, 2012.An Iraqi soldier monitors the Iraq-Syria border point, Abu Kamal, July 22, 2012.
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    An Iraqi soldier monitors the Iraq-Syria border point, Abu Kamal, July 22, 2012.
    An Iraqi soldier monitors the Iraq-Syria border point, Abu Kamal, July 22, 2012.
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    A wave of deadly attacks has shattered the peace in Iraq, where Muslims are marking the second day of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

    Officials say at least 15 people were killed in a series of explosions and shootings on Saturday, many of them Shi'ite pilgrims marking the holiday.

    The violence includes a bombing north of Baghdad that killed at least five Shi'ite pilgrims who were in a minibus that was carrying them to a mosque.

    Investigators say another explosion at a popular open-air market near the capital killed at least five people, including several children, while a series of attacks elsewhere in Iraq left at least five others dead.

    There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks. Sunni insurgents and al-Qaida militants have previously targeted Shi'ites in a bid to stir up sectarian strife in Iraq.

    Violence across Iraq is down sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007. However, 365 people were killed in unrest in September, making it the country's deadliest month in two years.

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    by: tiredofwar from: Alabama
    October 29, 2012 12:58 PM
    Unfortunately the world is no longer focused on the termoil in Iraq. I just dont understand why all of the attacks on innocent people. If they think they are doing it in the name of God, Im afraid they will be dissappointed when the day comes to answer for all of the cruel and hatred attacks on such people. The entire middle east is in an uproar and the air is filled with hate not only against their neighbor but against the entire western world as well. Where does it all end?

    by: Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 6:46 PM
    The Sunni radicals view the Shia as heretics and attack them in more places than Iraq. Frequent attacks on the Shia in Pakistan and other places show the intolerance on the radicals Sunni aka Wahabbis/Salafis.
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    by: Dr. Malek Towghi from: USA
    October 28, 2012 1:27 AM
    Although I come from a Sunni background, I agree with this "Anonymous" here.

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