86 Killed in Iraq Bombings

Jaafer Abed / Reuters

A policeman stands guard at the site of bombing in Kut, 150 km (93 miles) southeast of Baghdad, August 15, 2011.

At least 86 people were killed and over 300 were injured Monday when car and roadside bombs exploded in more than a dozen Iraqi cities in one of the deadliest days this year. In addition, at least one suicide bomber attacked a police station. The violence was worst in Kut, where two bombs killed at least 37 people. In Diyala province, seven bombs went off, while Baghdad also saw a car-bomb explosion that injured eight people. Iraqi political leaders earlier this month began debating whether to allow a small U.S. force to remain in the country after Dec. 31.