File - Women mourn over the tomb of their relative at a cemetery in Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad, September 30, 2014.REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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As an undertaker in Iraq's Shiite holy city of Karbala, Faris al-Kaabi has had an unusually busy summer.His niche is burying the bodies of the unclaimed and the unidentified from all over Iraq, which in the last few months has meant hundreds of victims of the fight against Sunni Islamist militants.It is almost impossible to determine who the victims are, but Kaabi says they come from Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra and Tikrit – scenes of the fiercest battles between ISIS fighters and a mostly Shiite Iraqi army so weak and demoralized that it has had to seek the help of volunteer militias.We will topple the state," said Nidal Abed-Mohammad, who lost his son Haider at the former U.S. base Camp Speicher in June, where about 1,500 soldiers and security officers were captured and killed by ISIS, according to a U.N. report.Last month, the militants killed or captured 400 to 600 soldiers when they overran the Saqlawiya base, just an hour from Baghdad, according to a senior security official.With Sunni jihadists again carrying out atrocities against the Shiite whom they consider heretics, along with Kurds, Christians and Yazidis, there are once more regular reports of Shiite militias exacting revenge on Sunni citizens.
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