Mideast Iraq

Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of violence before his burial in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Violence has claimed the lives of 2,417 Iraqis in June, making it the deadliest month so far this year, the United Nations said on Tuesday, underlining the daunting challenge the government faces as it struggles to confront Islamic extremists who have seized large swaths of territory in the north and west. Arabic on the coffin reads, “they stood for the late Mohammed Mosawel.” (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

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