70 dead and more than 200 people were injured by a string of attacks in at least 15 cities. In Baghdad, blamed al-Qaeda. A wave of attacks left at least 70 dead and over two hundred injured in a half of Iraqi cities, according to the Al Jazeera and news agencies. The attack, apparently coordinated, turned the day yesterday in the bloodiest of 2011 and underscored the precariousness of the situation in Iraq four months that the United States complete the withdrawal of its troops.All Iraqi spokesmen blamed the terrorist network Al Qaeda, who they accuse of wanting to destabilize the local government is negotiating with Washington just as the persistence of a small military contingent to training of forces.The most serious attack was perpetrated in a popular market in the city of Kut, southeast of Baghdad, a bomb and a car bomb exploded in succession, killing 34 people, officials said Iraqi Interior Ministry.In addition, 65 Iraqis, including women and children, were injured in the blasts, which also damaged shops in the market.Iraq has not lived a day of so much violence since March 29, when at least 65 people were killed during the assault of an armed group against the provincial government headquarters in Salahedin in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad.
Unlike those events of March, in which the victims died in a single attack, Iraq was rocked yesterday by about 15 attacks in several parts of the country.Thus, in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, 13 people were killed and 33 injured in a string of attacks that took place in different populations.South of Baghdad, while a total of nine policemen were killed and 99 people injured in three attacks in the cities of Najaf and Karbala, Shiites considered sanctuaries, forcing authorities in the region to declare a curfew .In the area of Al Hindiya, east of the city of Kerbala, the explosion of a car near a police building killing three and wounding 41.In another series of attacks, this time in Kirkuk (north), three people were killed and 37 wounded by the explosion of a jet pump and a car bomb.There were also attacks in Taji, Ramadi, Iskandariyah, Mosul, Balad and even Baghdad. But nowhere more evident was the extent of violence in Diyala.While Iraqi officials struggle to contain terror attacks, the 47,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are preparing to leave the country later this year, in compliance with security pact signed in December 2008 between Washington and Baghdad.
Although this agreement sets the withdrawal of U.S. troops, who occupied Iraq since 2003, a group of soldiers would remain in the country to train Iraqi forces beyond the end of this year.Washington spokesmen said yesterday that even the withdrawal plans could be reconsidered following the new outbreak of violence and attacks.All U.S. troops must leave Iraq by year's end, but both the Iraqi and U.S. leaders have expressed doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces to protect their own country.Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned yesterday's wave of "heinous" attacks."The Secretary General strongly condemns the wave of bomb attacks perpetrated today (yesterday) in different cities of Iraq. This is particularly heinous acts to occur during the holy month of Ramadan, "said Ban's spokesman, Martin Nesirky said in a statement distributed at the UN headquarters in New York.lMessage. The United States said yesterday that "consider" any request from Iraq to extend the presence of its troops beyond 2011 in that country, who lived yesterday bloodiest day so far in 2011 with at least 70 deaths from a series of attacks suicide and car bomb in several cities. After the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. intelligence experts said that among the documents seized the leader of Al Qaeda had plans for a major attack against U.S. interests. The due date was mentioned for the commission of the attack was the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.