July 29 - Seventeen car bombs kill at least 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents stepped up their attacks. Lily Grimes reports.
The horror of a car bomb. This blast in Samawa is one of 17 attacks that took place across Iraq on Monday that between them killed at least 60 people. Police and medical sources said the bombings, which appeared to be co-ordinated, were in predominantly Shi'ite areas. This eyewitness says politicians are to blame. He says they need to sort out their differences and stop risking the lives of Iraqis. Here in Habibiya, a Shi'ite district in the capital Baghdad, five died and 18 were injured according to officials. No group has claimed responsibility but suicide bombings are a trademark of al Qaeda. Nearly 4,000 people have been killed in Iraq since the start of the year, according to the monitoring group Iraq Body Count. The violence has raised fears of a return to full-blown conflict. Since the departure of U.S. troops in 2011, Iraqi forces have struggled to contain a resurgent al Qaeda.