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IS claims Iraq suicide bombing that killed 38

A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen in Iraq on September 11, 2014.The Islamic State group on Friday claimed it carried out a suicide bombing south of Baghdad that targeted Sunni fighters who oppose the jihadists, in which 38 people were killed. IS spearheaded a sweeping militant offensive that has overrun much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland since June — areas that Shiite-led government forces have sought local Sunni help to recapture. The Sahwa, or “Awakening” in Arabic, dates back to the height of the US-led war in Iraq, when Sunni tribesmen joined forces with the Americans to battle insurgents including IS’s predecessor organisation, the Islamic State of Iraq. The Sahwa were key to greatly but temporarily reducing the violence, but when Iraq’s government took over responsibility for their salaries they were sometimes paid late or not at all.

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