Mohammed Moses grieves by the grave of his father who was killed by a suicide car bomb attack near the elementary school in the Shiite Turkomen village of Qabak, just outside the town of in Tal Afar, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 7, 2013. Deadly attacks in Iraq killed at least 33 people on Sunday, including a dozen children killed by a car bomb driven past their school.
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Mahmoud Abdel Rahman carries the dead body of his eleven-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, south of Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 1, 2013.
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An Iraqi sheik carried his infant grandson’s tightly wrapped body, staring ahead with a blank gaze as men behind him bore the coffin of the baby’s mother during their funeral Tuesday, a day after they were killed in a wave of bombings in Baghdad.
The heartbreaking image, captured in an Associated Press photo, illustrates the human tragedy behind the numbers as the death toll mounts to levels not seen in half a decade amid a new surge in sectarian bloodshed nearly two years after the U.S. withdrew from the country.
September’s toll pushed the total number of people killed since April to more than 5,000. Among the dead last month were 887 civilians while the rest were security forces.
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 the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq on Sept. 24, 2013. Violence has spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4,000 people have been killed between April and August.
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A general view of the Kawergost refugee camp in Irbil, Iraq on Sept. 22, 2013. An estimated 6.8 million Syrians require assistance. Of that number, about 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries. Even more somewhere between 4 and 5 million are displaced from their homes inside Syria.
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Women react near empty coffins as they wait to claim the bodies of their relatives, who were killed by gunmen, outside a hospital morgue in Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad on September 4, 2013. Gunmen shot dead 16 members of the same Shi’ite family before blowing up their two neighbouring homes south of the Iraqi capital overnight, police and medics said. The dead included six children and eight women.
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A youth stands at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, a day after the bombing, on August 29, 2013. A series of car bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday killed 86 people and wounded 263, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq for at least five years.
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A Syrian-Kurdish refugee man carries a mattress at sunset at the Quru Gusik refugee camp, in east of Arbil in northern Iraq, on August 27, 2013. More than 50,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into Iraq’s Kurdish region in less than two weeks.
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