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The security situation in Iraq has been deteriorating in recent months and has fueled growing concerns within the international community. As the situation in Syria has worsened, it seems the situation in Iraq has worsened proportionally, mostly because of sectarian conflicts between the country's two main communities, the Sunni and Shia Muslims. Several regions of Baghdad and other provinces were struck by a series of major terrorist attacks on August 28, killing a hundred people and wounding several hundred.
According to Russia, whose foreign ministry reiterated its support to "the efforts of the Iraqi authorities – led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki – to counteract the threats coming from extremists," the wave of terrorist attacks has been a spillover of the Syrian conflict. "It is evident that these subversions (attacks) are directly related to the external makeup, including from the armed groups acting in Syria," said a Russian government's communiqué.
On the opposite side of the Middle East political stage, Turkey has called on "on all the Iraqi leaders, particularly the Government of Iraq, to alleviate the political tension in the country, improve the security situation and take concrete steps to lay the ground for an environment which will prevent terrorists from exploiting the current tensions."
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