A wave of car bombings in eleven cities across Iraq has left around fifty people dead. Mostly Shia areas were targeted.
No group has claimed responsibility but Sunni Islamist insurgents including an al Qaeda affiliate have been increasingly active in recent months.
The bombings appear to have been coordinated, causing as much chaos as possible the length and breadth of the country.
The deadliest was in the city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad where two cars exploded near a busy market killing 19 people.
Sectarian violence has recently surged across Iraq, reaching its highest level since 2008.
According to the United Nations,more than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year, 800 of them in August alone.