Iraq's premier Haider al-Abadi sits during a parliamentary session to vote on Iraq's new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, September 8, 2014 file. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraq's parliament suspended its meeting Tuesday amid protests by Sunni Muslim MPs over violence that targeted their community in eastern Iraq and left dozens killed in apparent retaliation for anti-Shiite bombings claimed by ISIS.Sunni lawmakers urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to disband and disarm the Shiite militias which they accuse of being behind the latest attacks in and around the town of Muqdadiya, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad. A surge in such violence would represent a further challenge to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a moderate Shiite Islamist who is trying to reconcile the Sunnis and win them over to push ISIS out of the mainly Sunni-populated areas in the country's north and west which it seized in 2014 .Badr Organization, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia which is dominant in Diyala, rejected the casualty figures quoted by the Sunni MPs.
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