- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2006

Two devastating suicide attacks yesterday killed at least 60 Iraqi Shi’ite pilgrims in Karbala and 49 police recruits in Ramadi, following 50 Iraqi deaths Wednesday, including the bombing of a funeral procession outside Baghdad. The dramatic upswing in violence comes after a relative lull in so-called “multiple-fatality bombings,” however, which fell to an eight-month low in December.

Twenty-one bombings occurred in December, down from 41 in November, 39 in October and 46 in September, according to the Brookings Institution’s Iraq Index. While no doubt boosted by a ceasefire observed during the elections, the December figures were the lowest monthly total since April.

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