An Iraqi man inspects damage after gunmen and suicide car bombers killed dozens of people in two assaults claimed by Daesh near Nasiriyah.
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Gunmen and suicide car bombers killed at least 74 people Thursday, including Iranians, near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by Daesh (ISIS).Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, a mainly Shiite paramilitary alliance which has fought alongside the army and police against Daesh in northern Iraq.Security officials described Thursday's attacks as an attempt to send a message to Daesh followers that the group is still strong and can operate in other parts of Iraq following its territorial losses.Like its predecessor in Iraq, Al-Qaeda, Daesh seeks to create sectarian tensions as a way to destabilize the OPEC oil producer.Thursday's attacks come as Iraqi forces backed by tribal fighters closed in one of the last Daesh bastions in the country: the Al-Qaim area on the border with war-ravaged Syria.
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