It has spilled over the border and raised tensions in Iraq. Both Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites have traveled to Syria to fight.
The prison escapes and mosque bombings illustrated the woeful security situation in Iraq and threaten to undermine confidence in the government.
“The escape of prisoners in this organized way from the biggest prisons in Iraq is another sign of the deterioration of security in Iraq in general, and Baghdad in particular,” said Hamid Fadhel, a Baghdad University political science professor.
The series of bombings on Tuesday night targeted worshipers gathered for evening prayers at four Sunni mosques.