11 years since the downfall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussien, the country remains plagued by deaths, destruction, and bloodshed on nearly a daily basis.
Shia neighborhoods are once again the main target of the attacks, bearing the hallmarks of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists. On Wednesday, multiple explosions left at last 24 people dead and several other wounded. The deadliest of the attacks was in the town of Numaniyah, about 80 kilometers south of Baghdad.In Numaniyah, a bomb first went off in a busy commercial area, followed by a car bomb that exploded as people gathered to help the victims from the first blast. In all, five people were killed and 17 were wounded. Violence in Iraq has reached the highest it has seen in years with U.N figures claiming 8,868 people were killed last year and over 600 killed this month alone.Most of the bloodshed and chaos stems from Iraq's Anbar province where the Iraqi army has been fighting Al Qaeda and its affiliate known as the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant. The Iraqi army has been able to take back half of the province but the city of Fallujah is still the scene of violent clashes. The Iraqi army says it killed 25 ISIL militants on Tuesday. The army claims they ambushed the militants as they were trying to attack the same army base that they attempted to attack a week ago but were also defeated.The clamp down on militants comes as Iraq is heading for its first parliamentary polls since the 2011 US troop withdrawal. The Internal Security forces are on high alert in the count down to the polls, as they say they are expecting a rise in bombings. The car bombings they say are aimed at undermining the government and stopping Iraqis from exercising the electoral process.