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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.
 
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Jul 29, 2014 — For centuries, Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds had coexisted in Mosul, but some fear ruptures there may be harbingers of the partition of Iraq. If that happens, Ahmed Ali may never see his farm again.
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Jul 23, 2014 — The radical Islamic State and former associates of Saddam Hussein have fought together against Iraq's government. But the fault lines between the unlikely partners are beginning to show.
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Jul 3, 2014 — Senior Shiite Muslim clerics usually stay out of politics. But they've broken with tradition and issued a call to arms. Shiites are now volunteering — and dying — in the fight against Sunni Muslims.
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Jan 10, 2013 — Back-to-back bomb blasts at a snooker club in the city killed at least 80 people. A Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite area. Earlier in the day, a blast at a city market killed 11. A separatist group said it was behind the explosion.
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