As Shiite militias battle Islamic State group, vast holy cemetery in Iraq grows ever larger

April 13, 2015 6:04 AM

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As Shiite militias battle Islamic State group, vast holy cemetery in Iraq grows ever larger

In this Saturday, April 11, 2015, photo, a woman visits her son's grave at a cemetery for militiamen killed from fighting with Islamic State group militants in Najaf, Iraq. Every chapter of Iraq’s modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines. And now, its sandy expanse grows again yet with the war dead killed by the country’s latest adversary, the extremists of the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo) (The Associated Press)

In Saturday, April 11, 2015 photo, people visit a cemetery for militiamen killed from fighting with Islamic State group militants in Najaf, Iraq. Every chapter of Iraq’s modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shi...

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