A fresh wave of violence in several Iraqi cities has left at least 59 people dead. In the southeastern city of Kut, police said two bombs that went off at approximately the same time killed at least 37 people and injured dozens of others. No one has taken responsibility yet for the attacks, but the car bombs, roadside bombs and suicide bombs all went off in the morning. U.S. army forces are scheduled to leave the country before the end of the year under a deal worked out in 2008. Violence in the country hit a peak in 2006 and 2007 and cooled off until this recent spell. Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, has condemned the attacks.