Baghdad car bombs

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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, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Al-Qaida's local franchise in Iraq has claimed responsibility for carrying out a deadly string of car bombings in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

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Nearly 900 civilians were killed across Iraq in September as sectarian violence worsened, raising the death toll for 2013 to more than last year's total, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Most of the bloodshed was instigated by Sunni Islamist militants. In addition to 887 civilians, 92 members of the security forces were killed.

 (Reuters)

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