Iraqi insurgents blasted bombs across the country today, killing 56 people and injuring scores of others in one of the deadliest sprees in a month:
The violence struck from the northern city of Kirkuk to Baghdad and the southern Shia cities of Najaf, Kut and Karbala. The devices used included a combination of parked car bombs, roadside bombs and a suicide bomber driving a vehicle that rammed into a police station.
The scale of the violence – seven explosions occurred in several towns in Diyala province alone – highlight the ability of insurgents to carry out attacks despite repeated crackdowns by Iraqi and US forces.
The Guardian reports that suicide bombers and other timed bombs exploded in at least five cities across Iraq, in "the first major act of violence since Iraq's political leaders announced this month that they would begin negotiations with the US over whether to keep a small detachment of American forces in the country beyond 31 December." Read the full story here.