The coordinated attacks in 13 cities sent a chilling warning that al-Qaeda is slowly resurging in the security vacuum created by a weak government in Baghdad and the departure of the US military seven months ago.

Carnage: People gather around a car that was blown up during the attacks. Pic/AFP

Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq declared on Sunday a new offensive aimed at sowing instability across the country.

Nearly 200 people were wounded during the onslaught. Spokesmen for Iraq’s government and Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki could not be immediately reached for comment.¬†

13 The number of cities that were attacked