Abu Ali lost all three sons in Baghdad violence
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Iraq violence: 'I lost all three sons in bombings'

20 December 2013 Last updated at 10:53 GMT

Sectarian violence has surged across Iraq this year. More than 8,000 people have been killed since January, the highest annual toll since 2008.

It has fuelled concerns that the Sunni Shia divide could bring even greater long term instability to the Middle East.

Shaimaa Khalil has been to Baghdad to meet one man who has lost all three of his sons because of the violence.