Coordinated attacks in Iraq have left scores dead in what is being described as some of the deadliest violence in the country since the US military left last December.
Blasts in Baghdad and northeast Iraq on Sunday and Monday have shattered the relatively recent calm enjoyed in the run-up to the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Saturday.
Reports indicated that at least 107 people have been killed since Sunday.
Thirteen coordinated attacks on Monday served as a chilling warning that al Qaeda is slowly resurging. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq declared on Sunday that a new offensive was under way to sow instability across the country.
Bombings, including a car bomb and a suicide attack, as well as gun attacks took place in and around the capital, Baghdad, on Monday. The northern oil city of Kirkuk was hit by four car bombings.
Iraqi police said soldiers at an army base in the country's northeast were targeted on Monday by a deadly attack in which 13 died. Officials said gunmen arrived at dawn at the base in Udaim in three vehicles and began shooting soldiers.
Explosions and attacks have been reported in other regions as well, and security forces seem to be the main targets.
tm/tj (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)