Iraqi authorities say attacks on Shi'ite pilgrims heading to a major religious gathering have killed at least 63 people over the past two days.
A bomb blast in southern Baghdad killed at least four pilgrims and wounded 15 on Monday, after attacks Sunday killed 59 and wounded more than 100.
In Sunday's worst attack, a suicide bomber targeted pilgrims who had stopped for refreshments in Iskandariyah, south of the capital, killing at least 56.
The U.S. military blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for Sunday's attacks.
In Washington, the Defense Department today projected that when the U.S. troop buildup, or surge, in Iraq is over in July, there will be about 140-thousand troops remaining on the ground.