Thousands of Iraqis have held unity prayers across the country in a show of unity and solidarity in defiance of attempts to push the country into sectarian strife.
The joint Shia-Sunni Friday Prayers came against the backdrop of growing anger countrywide over what Iraqi authorities, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, describe as attempts to sow sectarian strife.
On May 19, Maliki called on Iraqis to hold joint prayers every Friday in a bid to reduce violence after a series of terrorist attacks on Shia and Sunni holy sites across Iraq killed scores of people.
â€œThose who target mosques are enemies of Sunnis and Shias alike, and are planning to ignite (sectarian) strife,â€ Maliki said in a statement on Sunday.
More than 400 people have been killed in bombings and others acts of violence in Iraq since the start of May.