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Suicides in waves

At least 58 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the town of Musayyib, some 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad.

Police told the BBC the bomber blew himself up near a mosque. The blast caused a nearby fuel tanker to explode.

At least another 80 people are said to have been injured.

The blast, the worst single attack in over two months, follows a week of violence in which 100 were killed in 16 suicide attacks in Baghdad.

On Friday alone, 10 suicide bombers blew themselves up in a wave of attacks across the city.

In a statement posted on the internet afterwards, the militant group al-Qaeda in Iraq said their leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had urged them to intensify their attacks.
al-Zarqawi is following through on his strategy of blowing up Shi'ites as well as innocent by-standers. Which will what? Well, my bet is that it will stiffen the resistence of the Iraqi government, bring the Shia militias out and make the position of the Sunnis in Iraq very uncomfortable. Which it has to be until they give up the al-Qaeda who are sheltering among them.

The Iraqis have been anticipating an upsurge in the violence. What I am hoping is that the assorted border operations of the past few weeks have shortened the reserves of the suicide bombers - almost all of whom are coming from outside Iraq. But it is likely to be an explosion filled couple of weeks.

As the operational tempo increases on the al-Qaeda side there needs to be an even more determined effort on the Iraqi and American sides to close down the cells and to close the borders.