Dozens of people have died in what appears to be a series of coordinated attacks on security forces in Iraq.
The carnage comes less than a week before the US formally ends its combat operations, handing control of security to Baghdad.
In the southern city of Kut at least 30 police officers, including the police chief, were killed by a suicide car bomber.
And in cities across Iraq more people died as police stations, officers’ homes, checkpoints and army patrols were targeted. Hundreds more were injured.
Insurgents linked to al Qaeda are being blamed.
Overall violence in Iraq has dropped since 2006/2007 but bombings still happen virtually every day, suggesting rebels are trying to exploit the political vacuum left after March’s inconclusive election.
US combat operations officially end next Tuesday but around 50,000 American troops will remain in Iraq, to protect US interests and advise Iraqi forces. They are due to leave by the end of next year.