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Iraqi security forces stand guard in the holy city of Najaf, on September 30, 2014. The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. (Haidar Hamdan/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Iraqi security forces stand guard in the holy city of Najaf, on September 30, 2014. The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. (Haidar Hamdan/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 19 people were killed in a wave of bombings in Iraq today.

Authorities say the deadliest attack was in the Shiite city of Karbala, where a car bomb killed four civilians and two policemen.

Meantime, the fighting against the Islamic State, the Sunni-led militant group, continues.

Iraqi forces, assisted by international air strikes, have apparently stopped the latest advance by ISIS on Baghdad.

But the front line in that battle is only about five miles west of the city.

The BBC's Lyse Doucet joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the fighting and the ongoing political challenge Iraq faces in the fight against ISIS.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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This segment aired on September 30, 2014.

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