Sunni mosques in east Iraq attacked after ISIS-claimed blasts

At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops in eastern Iraq were firebombed on Tuesday, security sources and local officials said, a day after 23 people were killed there in two blasts claimed by Islamic State.

Ten people were also shot and killed in Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, security and hospital sources said.

The rise of the Islamist militant group Islamic State, which follows a Sunni jihadist ideology, has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in the country, mostly between the Shi’ite majority and minority Sunnis.

A surge in such violence could undermine efforts by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shi’ite Islamist, to dislodge the militants from large swaths of the north and west that they seized in 2014.

  • Clink9

    That doesn’t look too bad. We could buff that out.

  • Alain

    This really moved me. I had to go get my evening shot of rum. Cheers.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    Iraqi Sunnis are finding themselves up Shiites’ Creek without a paddle.