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Nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September

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BAGHDAD — An Iraqi sheik carried his infant grandson’s tightly wrapped body, staring ahead with a blank gaze as men behind him bore the coffin of the baby’s mother during their funeral today, a day after they were killed in a wave of bombings in Baghdad.

The heartbreaking image, captured in an Associated Press photo, illustrates the human tragedy behind the numbers as the death toll mounts to levels not seen in half a decade amid a new surge in sectarian bloodshed nearly two years after the U.S. withdrew from the country.

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