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People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014.   REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili

A woman walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili
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Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a military-style training in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a...more

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a military-style training in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a military-style training in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, June 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a...more

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi security forces to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, take part in a military-style training in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses the audience during a meeting in Ankara June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses the audience during a meeting in Ankara June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses the audience during a meeting in Ankara June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jalawla in the Diyala province June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jalawla in the Diyala province June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of the Kurdish security forces take part in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jalawla in the Diyala province June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18,...more

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18,...more

Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, wave from a truck in Baghdad, June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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