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Nearly 1,000 Iraqis In The Last Month Have Been Killed In Horrific Sectarian Violence

The surge in violence in Iraq has been linked to the rise of Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria. (WARNING: Disturbing images)

Posted on October 1, 2013, at 1:36 p.m. ET

As many as 979 people have died in September alone as Iraq is witnessing its worst sectarian violence in five years, reported the Associated Press. More than 800 of those dead were civilians caught in the brutal bloodshed led by al-Qaida insurgents.


Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman carries the dead body of his 11-month-old grandson, Latif, who was killed along with his mother on Monday when their house collapsed in a car bomb attack, while mourners carry the coffin of the mother, Hasnah Abdel-Rasul, during their funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Hasnah and her son were just two of nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September amid a new surge in sectarian bloodshed nearly two years after the U.S. withdrew from the country.

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Iraqis carry the coffin of one of the victims of the suicide bomb attack on the Shiite mosque which was one of the bloodiest across Iraq leaving at least 39 people dead, officials said.

Innocent Iraqis suffer from the relentless bombing and attacks led by hard-line Sunni insurgents against the Shiite-led government. As many as 5,000 people have been killed between April to September.

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Iraqis walk on the rubble of the Al-Hussein mosque after an explosion in the district of al-Musayyib, south of Baghdad, on Sept. 30. A suicide attack killed 27 people injured 35 during a Shiite Muslim funeral being held inside the mosque.


Qasim Ahmed Tahan carries the dead body of his 5-year-old son, Walid, who was killed in a bombing on Monday, before burial in Najaf, Iraq.

In a statement, an al-Qaida linked militant group vowed more attacks in retaliation to the "arrests, torturing and targeting of Sunnis" by the Shiite-led government.


A blood-stained and bullet-pocked wall is seen outside a Shiite mosque in the Kasra neighborhood.


Relatives of a man killed in a car bomb attack grieve over his coffin during the funeral in Najaf.

The statement, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), said: "To Sunnis we say: The Islamic State, God willing, knows where, when and how to attack. The Mujahideen will not stay motionless."

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Iraqis inspect a burnt-out car at the site of a car bomb attack that exploded the previous day in a commercial street of Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Mashtal on Sept.16.


People inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad.

Iraq's surge in violence could be driven by the rise of transnational Islamist extremist groups who are rebelling against Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, reported the Financial Times.


Mourners grieve for a man killed Wednesday in a double bomb attack on a Shiite mosque while attending his funeral procession in the Kasra neighborhood in northern Baghdad.


Remains of fruit smolder at the site of a car bomb attack at a vegetable market in Basra, Iraq.

The ISIS has grown powerful in Syria and experts say that the group uses the same violent tactics to bring down both the Syrian and Iraqi governments.


Mourners attend a funeral procession of a man killed in a double bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad.

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