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Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead

Violence disrupts Ramadan calm, highlights fragility of Iraq's security as US troops prepare to leave

Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
Suicide attackers and car bombs hit cities across Iraq on Monday, killing at least 60 people in apparently coordinated assaults authorities blamed on al Qaeda affiliates intent on destabilizing the government (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
Iraqis inspect damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church following an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk on August 15, 2011 as a series of nationwide attacks hit the country (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
The attacks punctured the recent calm of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and underscored the continued fragility of Iraq's security as US troops prepare to leave more than eight years after the invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
In the worst assault, a roadside bomb followed by a car bomb targeting police killed at least 37 people in Kut, a mainly Shi'ite Muslim city 150 km (95 miles) southeast of the capital Baghdad, police and health officials said (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
An Iraqi man inspects damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church following an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk on August 15 (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
The blasts shattered facades of shops and homes in Kut. Firefighters picked through wreckage and blood was spattered across the street near the crumpled remains of the car bomb (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
An Iraqi man inspects damages at the Mar Afram Syriac Orthodox Church following an explosion in the northern city of Kirkuk (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
Kut had been relatively quiet since August last year when a suicide bomber killed 30 policemen and destroyed a police station as the US military ended combat operations in Iraq (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
Dozens more were killed or wounded on Monday in bombings and attacks in other cities north and south of the capital. At least eight people were killed and 14 wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a municipality building in Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad, in the province of Diyala (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts across 13 Iraqi cities leave dozens dead
Two suicide bombers attacked an Iraqi counter-terrorism unit in Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, killing at least two policemen and wounding six in a failed attempt to free al Qaeda prisoners, a police official said (AFP/Getty Images)