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Shia Muslim fighters loyal to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr take part in a last combat training near the city of Najaf on Aug. 23, 2014, before joining government forces to fight Islamic State south of Baghdad. Iraqi officials were working to calm soaring tensions after 70 people were killed at a Sunni mosque.

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Haidar Hamdani