Sixteen bombs struck Baghdad Tuesday, prompting a snap curfew and shocking a city still coming to grips with a deadly attack Sunday on a Catholic church.
British hostage Peter Moore was released after 2-1/2 years in captivity in Iraq. He was among the last of 306 foreigners to be abducted since 2003. British officials praised their Iraqi counterparts' efforts in securing Moore's release.
Sunday's suicide bombings, which killed more than 130 people and wounding almost 600, targeted government ministries in what authorities say is a bid to disrupt upcoming parliamentary elections.
Iraq's accusation that Syria was behind the massive Baghdad bombing a month ago Saturday has pushed relations to a new low.
Amid a huge display of national pride, some expressed concerns that violence could spike again.
An Iraqi government spokesman's opening line was meant comically, but rang true. The country's military leaders and officials are increasingly emphasizing Iraqi independence.