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A total of 53 bodies have recently been discovered, lying south of Baghdad. Many of the corpses were found blindfolded, with their hands tied behind their backs. The dead were uncovered in a rural area, in a Shiite area just outside the capital city. All the victims were men, between the ages of 25 and 40.
Some observers believe the killings could signal a new wave of sectarian violence in the nation. Warfare based on religious divisions peaked in Iraq between 2006 and 2007.
No one is certain of a motive for the executions. There are several Sunni area around the region where the bodies were recovered.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq of harboring in Sunni extremists. That region enjoys a degree of self-rule from the leaders in Baghdad. As sectarian fighting in the nation becomes worse, the political divide between national leaders and those in the north are becoming more pronounced.
The Prime Minister stated, "We will never
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