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Iraqi officials worked Saturday to calm soaring tensions after the killing of 70 people at a Sunni mosque, as Washington branded the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack". The attack at the mosque in Diyala province on Friday, which most accounts said was the work of Shiite militiamen, threatens to increase anger among Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority with the Shiite-led government at a time when an anti-militant drive depends on their cooperation. The violence came as the US, which is carrying out air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, ramped up its rhetoric over the grisly killing of journalist James Foley, carried out by the group and shown in a video posted online. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said the beheading of Foley "represents a terrorist attack against our country".
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Saturday was investigating an attack on a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad that killed more than 60 people and raised sectarian tensions during a fraught political transition.