Breaking: CNN has upped the total to 500---although the AP had it at 250 earlier. Horrible. The Cablese and the military are conveniently labeling it an al-Qaeda attack, (which is quite possible) but Juan Cole thinks:
...these bombings are not just an attempt to spread fear and intimidation, but are actually part of a struggle for control of territory. The Sunni Arab guerrillas face powerful challenges from Kurds and Shiites with regard to the future of provinces such as Ninevah, Diyala and Kirkuk. A lot of Kurdish police and troops have been deployed in Mosul not far from Tuesday's bombings, and they are seen as among the deadliest enemies by the Sunni Arab guerrillas. Sooner or later, my guess is that the Sunni Arabs will wage a major war with the Kurds over the oil fields of Kirkuk.
He's got a complete round up of the other violence that's not reported here in Iraq and it's truly horrific. Nothing like what we hear on our Cablese. Can't be messing with the WH's summer propaganda push.