At least 75 dead in Iraq after day of violence
IRAQ'S prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned al-Qa'ida is trying to turn a vast chunk of his country into an "evil statelet" after one of the worst days of violence in months.
A combination of bomb attacks and shootings claimed the lives of at least 75 people, including 18 killed in a blast at a funeral tent in a village near Baquba, north of Baghdad. The crowd was mourning a pro-government Sunni militiaman killed two days before. There were eight separate bombings in Baghdad.
Iraqi security forces were also reported to have lost ground to al-Qa'ida forces in the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar, where the group seized parts of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi two weeks ago.