August 10, 2013 5:10 PM
A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control. Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, and attacks against civilians and security forces notably spiked during Ramadan. As Iraqis flooded the streets to celebrate Id al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, a string of car bombs struck in mostly Shiite neighborhoods, killing more than 60 people. The bombings were the latest in a surge of attacks in Iraq this summer that have brought monthly death tolls to levels not seen in nearly five years, according to United Nations figures.