BAGHDAD (AP) -- Attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq today have claimed at least 30 lives. Authorities say dozens of others were wounded.
The targets included Shiite mosques in Baghdad, along with a city in a disputed northern region that is at the center of competing claims by ethnic groups.
The conflicts are threatening the stability of Iraq after the final pullout of U.S. military forces nearly a year ago.
Car bombs went off near three mosques in Baghdad shortly after nightfall, killing 21 people.
In the north, police say three bombs in parked cars exploded simultaneously in the city of Kirkuk.
And gunmen in a northeastern province opened fire on a checkpoint manned by an anti-al-Qaida group.
No one has claimed responsibility for today's attacks, but car bombs, shootings and roadside devices are the hallmark of al-Qaida in Iraq.