Car bombs and suicide attackers struck nearly every region of Iraq today in a new and deadly wave of violence.
Sirens wailed and smoke filled the skies across Iraq.
A series of deadly explosions tore through more than a dozen cities.
The violence killed at least sixty people and shattered a period of relative calm during the holy month of Ramadan.
The city of Kut southeast of Baghdad was hardest hit in what appeared to be carefully coordinated attacks.
Two car bombs blew up in a market where construction workers gathered to buy generators.
Nobody has claimed responsibility.
But Iraqi authorities blame al Qaeda militants determined to destabilize the country before US forces pullout later this year.
Iraqi officials say they are talking with U-S authorities about keeping a small number of the 50,000 US troops in the country past December 31st.
Some Iraqis blame America for the attacks, saying US forces haven't trained Iraqi troops well enough to stop the assaults.
U-S military officials in Iraq say they have not received any reports of direct attacks on American forces.