According to the Associated Press, the death toll from a series of car bombs across Iraq today, including a car bomb outside a French consular building, has risen to 73 with 250 others injured.
At least 42 people died in the capital alone, security source said.
None of the extremist groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The bloodiest attack occurred in the morning in a market near the shrine of Imam Ali Shia al-Sharkhi in southern Iraq. Two suicide car bombing attacks killed 24 people and wounded 60 others, according to a medical source and a security services official.
In Kirkuk, 250 miles north of the capital, another car bomb exploded near a recruiting center for security guards employed by an oil company. Eight people were killed.
An attack in Nassiriya took place in front of the building housing the Consulate of France, killing seven civilians and one police officer. Four others were injured. Premises were damaged by the explosion, but the honorary consul, an Iraqi national, was not inside the building at the time of the attack, said a French diplomat. Nassiriya, 300 kilometers southeast of the capital, Baghdad, is in a relatively stable region.
In another part of the city, two people were killed by the explosion of a car bomb.
In the city of Basra, a car bomb in a market killed three people and wounded at least 20 others, police and a medical official said.
Bombings have also rocked the cities of Kirkuk, Samarra,Tal Afar and Touz Khourmato, north of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 24, officials said.
However, the latest violence brings the number of people killed in attacks so far this month to 137, according to a tally based on security and medical sources.
These explosions occurred and repeated often after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the appearance of political conflict that aimed to eliminate Sunni presence within the Shiite government. Whereas an Iraqi court has sentenced the former vice president Tareq al-Hashemi and 12 of his aides including his secretary and son-in-law Ahmed Qahtan to death penalties over their involvement in terrorist activities and running a death squad.
Al-Hashemi is Sunni. He fled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region in December after the central government sought his arrest. He is currently in Turkey.
The former vice president accused Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of conducting a political witch hunt against Sunni opponents.
Shiites claim they are the majority in Iraq, but in fact they are not, and even according to the latest statistics, the number of Shiites in Iraq, is nearly equal to the Sunnite.
America occupied Iraq in 2003 over the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction, saying
Shiites provided support to America, even though they announce in public they are against America, moreover shouting at each time for death to America, in order to occupy Iraq. They have been rewarded more than they dreamed of, since many years ago such as, political positions and military power along with control of Iraqi funds.
Briefly, when Sunnis felt that Maliki's Shiite carry out projects for the benefit of Iran and the Shiites, they started this year to ask for elimination of al-Maliki's government and from here Shiite started revenge by fabricating charges to Hashemi.
After all, I think, as many others believe, that America did not make Iraq a democratic country but bloody and unstable country. If it is the weapons of mass destruction that makes America move to maintain international peace, then, is America suffering from blindness and deafness to know about Bashar al-Assad's weapons of mass destruction??
It seems to me that the occupation of Iraq holds undeclared hidden stories and perhaps generations to come might reveal them.