Al Qaeda in Iraq, the group responsible for many of the deadliest attacks in the Iraq war, claimed responsibility for last week's bombings in Baghdad that killed 69.
Blasts killed more than 30 people in Baghdad on Tuesday, two days after more than 50 Christians were killed by Al Qaeda militants who stormed a church.
An Iraq car bomb in the city of Kut and a checkpoint attack in Baghdad left 25 people dead on Tuesday, as a wave of attacks continued amid the US combat troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Seventeen gunmen killed 14 people in a series of thefts from a gold jewelry market in Baghdad. The brazen daylight attack was seen as another sign of deteriorating security in Iraq.
Sculptures at St. Isaak's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, are silhouetted by the rising full moon late Wednesday.
After the killing this week of the two top leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq, officials in Baghdad said more important gains have recently been made in dismantling the group's networks.
Al Qaeda is blamed for a series of attacks Tuesday in Baghdad. Insurgents, who have killed more than 100 in the past week, seek to exploit the delay in forming a new Iraq government after last month's election.
Concern over a fresh round of sectarian violence in Iraq escalated this weekend after gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed a Sunni Muslim village south of Baghdad and killed 24 people overnight Saturday.