Iraq's Prime Minister 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 MPs over violence that targeted their community in eastern Iraq and left dozens killed in apparent retaliation for anti-Shiite bombings claimed by Daesh (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 northeast of Baghdad.Badr Organization, the Iranian-backed Shiite militia that is dominant in Diyala, rejected the casualty figures quoted by the Sunni MPs."Yes, there are people killed but this number is exaggerated," Mohammad Naji, an aide to Badr leader Hadi al-Amiri, told Reuters.He described the attacks on Sunni mosques as violations by people who want to stir up sectarian tension in Diyala, which lies between Baghdad and the Iranian border and has a mixed population of Shiites and Sunnis.
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