There has been a near continuous churn of violence during the week focused mainly along the Tigris River valley, Baghdad and the western province of Al-Anbar.
Friday saw two car bombs kill 12 people and wound 10 in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato 170 km north of the capital Baghdad. In a typical attack a first device detonated killing 3, which was subsequently followed up by a second device that targeted the emergency services and those at the scene who were helping the wounded survivors.
Further south in Baghdad a series of deadly car bombs also hit Baghdad, which added to the terrible toll exacted last week when over 100 people were killed by bombings. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said in a statement it had acted in response to prisoner killings, an apparent reference to the execution of 17 Sunnis in Iraq this month, most convicted on terrorism charges. The violence continued through Saturday with Ramadi experiencing its first significant attack in months. A car bomb killed 12 people and wounded at least 20 others as insurgents attacked a checkpoint on a busy street in the centre.
After a relatively quiet Sunday the tempo of attacks and focus once again shifted to Baghdad and the surrounding districts. A score of simultaneous car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite districts. In the Hussainiya district on the northern outskirts of the capital, two car bombs exploded in quick succession, killing ten with a secondary device detonating nearby, once again targeting the follow up emergency services and those helping survivors.
Elsewhere gunmen stormed the house of a Sahwa militia member in southern Baghdad and beheaded him, along with his wife and three children and four unidentified bodies were found in different places in Baghdad, all victims of revenge style execution killings.
On the same day yet further north the convoy of the Turkish consul was hit by a large IED as it travelled north toward Erbil. Fortunately, no one was killed or injured in the attack and it remains unlikely that the convoy was deliberately targeted.
The reporting period ended on a low note as more people were killed in Baghdad and the surrounding southern districts. Gunmen shot dead at least 16 members of a Shi'ite Muslim family before blowing up their two neighbouring homes south of the Iraqi capital overnight. The attack took place in the town of Latifiya, around 40 km from Baghdad, in a volatile area known as the "triangle of death" and has all the hallmarks of an ISI revenge attack. Gunmen entered the house and proceeded to clear the rooms in a well-executed attack that was precise and deliberate.