BAGHDAD (AP) - The number of dead is still rising after a string of attacks all across Iraq that underscored insurgent efforts to show their might as the American military presence in Iraq shrinks.
Officials say more than a dozen attacks targeted Iraq's local government and police forces today, killing more than 40 people.
There were no claims of responsibility in the attacks, which came a day after the number of U.S. troops fell below 50,000.
The insurgents targeted the government institutions that are key to the day-to-day running and stability of the country.
The deadliest attack came in north Baghdad, where a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in a parking lot behind a police station.
15 people were killed, including six policemen.