Iraq is still coming to grips with the deadliest series of attacks in the country this year, which left 95 people dead in the capital Baghdad yesterday.
And as they reel from those horrors, yet another bomb has reportedly has gone off near a restaurant today, killing another two people.
The prime minister, Nouri Maliki, called Wednesday’s bombings “a desperate attempt to derail the political process” in Iraq and has ordered a security review. But will a security review make any difference?
An upsurge in violence was always expected in Iraq. At the time President Obama warned of “difficult days ahead“. But are Wednesday’s devastating attacks far more than that? Does this violence show that Iraq is infact going backwards?
On Monday, General Ray Odierno, the top US soldier in Iraq, said he wants to station more US troops in the north of the country to prevent further violence between Arabs and Kurds. With American troops due out of the country altogether by the end of 2011, does his call indicate that everyone’s worst fears could be realised – that the country is unable to stand on its own?