By Ashley Dom

November 13th 2015 wasn’t just a day of attack on Paris, but a continuation of the daily horror that happens in Baghdad. On Friday, 26 people were killed and many were left injured when two bombs detonated, one a suicide bombing and the other a roadside bombing.

The suicide bomber attacked a memorial service that was being held for a Shiite militia fighter who was killed in battle against the Islamic State. The explosion killed 21 people and wounded at least 46. Earlier that day the roadside bomb detonated at a Shiite shrine in Sadr City that killed at least 5 people and wounded 15. This is no surprise since Bagdad, the capital of the Republic of Ira has been the target of daily roadside bombs, suicide blasts, and assassinations.

The Islamic State group (IS) also known as ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide blast and roadside bombing targeting Shiites in Baghdad. The attack against Shiites is not a surprise because ISIS is made up of Sunni Arabs who have consistently had conflict with Shiites. The tension between the followers of Sunni Islam and Shia Islam began with arguments over who was the true successor to Muhammad and since then both forms of Islam have developed different religious practices, traditions, and customs.

 

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