While there has been a lull in attacks in Baghdad, a double car bombing at a crowded market in the northern town of Kirkuk on Saturday killed at least 10 people. Around a hundred were injured. The explosions took place in a predominantly Kurdish part of the ethnically-mixed city.
Hospital staff said many of the injured suffered life-threatening wounds. The attack comes as US officials, including President Bush, have been accusing Iran of providing arms to Shi’ite militants and Tehran and Syria of allowing fighters into Iraq through its borders – charges Tehran and Damascus deny.