More than 70 Iraqis were killed in two near-simultaneous bomb attacks in Baghdad.
The twin car bombs that struck the eastern suburb killed five day labourers.
The police said a crowd of men were waiting to be hired for work in Baghdad’s Jadida when the bombs went off, killing the five and wounding 10.
“What we see now [in Iraq] is not just the fault of Americans, it is the fault of the world for not coming to its aid, and it is the fault of Iraqis who chose violence instead of peace.”
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Iraqi troops also opened fire on two suicide car bombers who drove up to the headquarters of the Iraqi army’s 2nd Battalion near the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk.
Major General Anwar Mohammed Amin said four soldiers died when the attackers set off their explosives.
In other attacks in Iraq, men armed with guns and explosives destroyed a small Shia shrine in Baqouba, 60km northeast of Baghdad, early on Wednesday, causing no injuries.
Armed men also killed a nine-member Shia family in an attack on their house in Hasna village south of the capital, police said.