Bombers moved on to the holy city of Karbala, perhaps in response to Monday’s meeting between Prime Minister Abadi and Grand Ayatollah Sistani. Attack there and battles elsewhere left 243 dead and 139 wounded.
On Monday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadimet with Iraq’s highest-ranking Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Sistani blessed the new government, according to Abadi. Abadi also reiterated his promise that no foreign boots will fight on the ground against the Islamic State militants.