Bombings Kill at Least 62 In Iraq, In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It killed 18 people and wounded 16 in Shatub, a village south of Baquba.
Two years after U.S. troops left Iraq, violence has climbed back to its highest levels since the Sunni-Shiite bloodshed of 2006-2007, when tens of thousands of people were killed.
The army is locked in a standoff with Sunni militants who overran Falluja, a city west of Baghdad, more than two weeks ago in a challenge to Maliki’s Shiite-led government.
MCT: Melina Yingling
They are led by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is fighting in western Iraq and Syria to carve out a cross-border Islamist fiefdom.