Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday appealed for support of a new state-led operation aimed at reversing rising violence, even as bombings took the lives of six people, according to the Associated Press.
The campaign, entitled “Revenge for the Martyrs," comes in response to the mounting death toll in Iraq, with more than 4,000 reported killed since April, said the AP.
Meanwhile, three car bombs killed at least six people and injured 45 people, according to Pakistan's International News. Two of them struck Baghdad and one exploded in an ethnically diverse, volatile area called Tuz Khurmatu, near Kurdistan.
The attacks come a day after more than 30 people were killed across the nation, adding to fears that the violence will devolve into open conflict.
Addressing the nation as part of his weekly television appearance, al-Maliki reportedly said the new operation "must continue and accelerate to chase down the criminal and terrorist gangs."
“I call upon all citizens, politicians and journalists to support the security forces in their effort to continue pressuring and chasing down the terrorists," he said on Wedesday, according to the AP.