Insurgents unleashed deadly attacks on Tuesday against Shiite areas in Baghdad, killing at least 65 people and wounding dozens, highlighting increasing sectarian tensions in Iraq a decade after the war began.
An al Qaeda front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks that rocked Baghdad last Thursday and killed 69 people.
Violence in Iraq is increasing with the approach of the end of the year deadline for US troops to withdraw.
The overall death toll of 53 was the highest for Iraq since November 02.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today condemned the multiple bombings in Baghdad that killed more than 20 people and left dozens injured.
The US military says it warned Iraqi officials about possible attacks in Baghdad the same day that bombers struck government sites in the country`s capital last week.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has sacked Baghdad`s security chief over a string of coordinated car and truck bombings claimed by an al Qaeda group that killed 127 people.
A United Nations special envoy will visit Baghdad on Sunday to make preliminary findings on security in the Iraqi capital after two sets of bombings there killed 250 people, a UN spokesman said.
More than 60 security force members including 11 officers have been arrested over twin bombings in Baghdad that killed 153 people, Army spokesman General Qasim Atta said on Thursday.
Ten police and military officers are being held for questioning in Wednesday`s coordinated attacks in central Baghdad, which left around 100 dead and 1,200 injured, media reports said on Thursday.
Day in Pics: 24th December
Showbiz World - December 24, 2014
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