An Iraqi policeman uses a bomb detector to search Shiite faithful pilgrims marching to Karbala for Arbaeen outside the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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A suicide bomb and mortar attack by ISIS militants killed 12 Shiite militia fighters north of Baghdad Wednesday and a series of bombings in the Iraqi capital killed six people, military and medical sources said.Radical Sunni ISIS fighters, who control much of north and west Iraq, are battling the army, Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shiite militias allied to the Shiite-led government in Baghdad, which is also supported by U.S.-led air power.A local commander said several militants were killed in Iraqi airstrikes Wednesday against an ISIS target near the town of Muqdadiya, north of Baghdad.Elsewhere, Shiite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighboring states continued to head to the city of Karbala for a religious ceremony that authorities say ISIS fighters are targeting for attack.
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