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Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sparked the worst political crisis in a year on Dec. 19 when he sought the removal of two senior Sunni politicians, a day after the last U.S. troops left Iraq. On Dec. 22 bombs in predominately Shi’ite parts of Iraq’s capital killed 72.

The biggest attack on Thursday was by a police checkpoint west of Nassiriya in the south, where a suicide bomber targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 38 people and wounded 70, Qusay al-Abadi, head of Nassiriya provincial council said.

Photographs from the scene showed relatives hugging the bodies of young men lying face down on ground covered in blood and with the pilgrims’ belongings strewn around them.

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