Ramzy Mardini, an expert on Iraq, said the attacks were probably "prescheduled for the anniversary.
also said the latest violence reflects the Sunni-Shiite sectarian tensions raging next door in Syria.
believes such attacks illustrate the revival of the "capability and confidence" of al Qaeda in Iraq, buoyed by a Syrian uprising "spearheaded by Sunni militancy."
It stands to reason that they are targeting the government of Iraqi
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The Shiite-dominated government is helping neighboring Iran, the largest Shiite nation in the world and a supporter of the Alawite-dominated Syrian government.
"Al Qaeda in Iraq is becoming less exclusive to Iraq.
They are trying to channel energy and piggyback off the Syrian revolution by aiming to merge Iraq and Syria into one theater of sectarian war," said Mardini, adjunct fellow at the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies in Beirut.
"Given that Maliki is helping Iran prop up the Syrian regime, AQI is advertising their cause and looking to attract the support and resources of militant groups in Syria."
said Sunni militants are baiting al-Maliki and Shiites to retaliate.