- The Washington Times - Monday, July 29, 2013

A dozen car bombs racked several spots in central and southern Iraq on Monday, leaving at least 47 dead and scores injured.

The bombings were just the latest in a series of insurgent attacks to uproot the government. And military experts say the ongoing sectarian violence could lead the country into its 2003 civil war days, The Associated Press reported.

Since April, more than 3,000 have been killed in suicide attacks and car bombings — and 500 since July alone, the AP said.

Nobody claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, but they’re akin to violence done at the hands of al Qaeda’s branch in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq, AP reported.

The group normally stages coordinated attacks with the goal of smashing the confidence of the people in their Shiite-dominated government.