Iraq’s death toll is pushing into record territory. On Sunday, a cafe bombing in Baghdad killed almost 40, while at least 12 more were killed in suicide bombings elsewhere in the country. On Wednesday, at least 19 policemen were killed in another rash of suicide bombings, this time in the western province of Anbar. The BBC:
The first saw a suicide bomber ram an explosives-filled car into a checkpoint in Rutba, 110km (70 miles) from the Syrian border, killing five policemen. […]The unrest was sparked by an army raid on a Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp in April. The protesters were calling for the resignation of Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and denouncing the authorities for allegedly targeting the minority Sunni community.
Spillover from Syria has exacerbated the already intense sectarian clashes in Iraq. The violence escalated in April, after the Iraqi army raided a Sunni anti-government protest. Since then more than 6,000 people have died, including more than 1,000 killed in the month of September alone. At this rate, the toll is likely to rise above the previous records set in 2006-07.