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1. 2014-07-21 Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks' Mosul
2014-06-29 ISIS declares new Islamic caliphate Iraq
D. 2014-06-13 Iraq cleric issues Shia call to arms Iraq
E. 2014-02-15 Radical Iraqi cleric Sadr 'retires' Iraq
5. 2013-12-23 Christmas a day of terror for Christians in Iraq Iraq
G. 2011-01-06 Rowdy welcome for cleric Moqtada Sadr Najaf, Southern Iraq
7. 2010-12-30 Christians killed in Iraq attacks Baghdad
8. 2010-12-23 Iraqi churches tone down Christmas Iraq

Isis militants 'seize Iraq monastery and expel monks'. Mosul   ISIS declares new Islamic caliphate
  Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican

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   Vatican: Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering 'brutal persecution' in Iraq and Syria
  The Al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of northern Syria and neighboring Iraq formally declared the creation of an Islamic state


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  Baghdad: Two people have died and 14 injured in a series of attacks on Christian homes in the Iraqi capital
Dec.23   Iraqi churches tone down Christmas  Some churches in Iraq plan to tone down holiday celebrations following violence targeting Christians in recent weeks Nov.6 Iraqi Christians urged to leave  Baghdad: Archbishop Athanasios Dawood, a senior Iraqi Christian, is to call on believers to quit the country, after gunmen targeted a church

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Dec.26 Shia pilgrims flock to city for Ashura Aug.27 Mourning in Iran and Iraq for Shiite leader
  A funeral procession for Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, a senior Iraqi Shiite leader, wound through the streets of Tehran Aug.23 Violence mars start of Ramadan  The holy month of Islam began with Iraqis hoping for tranquility but fearful. 4 Iraqi soldiers and a government worker were killed in attack... Jan.6 Women banned from shrine. Baghdad

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Dec.21 Baghdad celebrates first public Christmas
Sep.19 Web site of influential Shiite cleric hacked  The Web site of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was hacked; the attackers' messages saying they are Sunnis upset over fatwas, or edicts Apr.7 Religious leaders want militia intact  Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army Jan.18 Iraq on alert for Shia festival   The Iraqi authorities have stepped up security as Shia gather to mark the end of Ashura, one of the holiest events in the Shia calendar

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Oct.27 PM vows to protect Iraq's Christians
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Sep.24   PM calls for Ramadan unity   Baghdad: Nouri Maliki has urged Iraqis to use the Muslim holy month to set aside their differences and seek national unity Aug.19 Security tight for pilgrimage  Baghdad: Thousands of Shiite Muslims walked to commemorate the death of a revered 8th century imam Musa al-Kadhim Feb.22 Shrine blast sparks protests
  Protests across Iraq after a bomb attack heavily damaged one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam

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Dec.4 Allawi chased from mosque
Map of Najaf Iraq  Former Prime Minister was chased from a mosque in Najaf in what he said was an apparent attempt on his life

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Aug.26 Shiites stream into Najaf mosque   Thousands of marchers from across the country streamed into the Imam Ali Mosque in central Najaf Aug.25 Al-Sistani returns, urges march on Najaf
  Grand Ayatollah called on Iraqis to march to help rescue the holy city. Some of al-Sadr's top aides have been captured Apr.13 Al-Sadr 'ready to sacrifice'
Jan.16 US downplays rift with Iraq Shia. Washington

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Oct.8 2,000 Shiites protest cleric's arrest  Shiite Muslims are marching to the U.S. headquarters where they demanded the release of Imam Mu'ayyad Al Khazraji Sep.1 Cleric's cortege approaches Najaf
Najaf braces for ayatollah's funeral  Marines stocked up on medical supplies and braced for trouble as hundreds of thousands mourn the cleric Aug.30 Thousands mourn cleric Apr.23 Pilgrims flood Karbala on final holy day Apr.22 Shiite pilgrims flock to Karbala
  Exuberant Shiite Muslims are reviving a religious tradition that was not allowed under Saddam Hussein
Apr.21   Clerics challenge US rule  More than 4,000 Shia Muslims converged on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad and staged an anti-American protest

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Nov.6 Ramadan overshadowed by war threat
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