From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq has been hit by a wave of bomb attacks in the biggest increase in violence in five years.
The latest attacks have included blasts at football fields, mosques and cafes, as people mark the month of Ramadan.
More than 300 people have been killed so far this July.
Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf reports from Kirkuk: