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Al-Qaida in Iraq Claims Deadly Bombing Wave

Children inspect a bus destroyed in a car bomb attack in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, March 19, 2013.
Children inspect a bus destroyed in a car bomb attack in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, March 19, 2013.
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Al-Qaida's Iraqi affiliate says it carried out the wave of attacks Tuesday that killed around 60 people, mainly in Shi'ite areas in and around the capital, Baghdad.

The Islamic State of Iraq posted a statement on jihadist forums Wednesday claiming responsibility, saying the attacks were a "first stage" that will be followed by "revenge."

The more than a dozen bombs that exploded across Baghdad during the Tuesday morning rush hour also wounded more than 160 people.  Several bombings also were reported in towns north and south of the city.

It was one of Iraq's deadliest days in months, and came on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement Tuesday for the anniversary, paying tribute to the 1.5 million Americans who served "in one of our nation's longest wars," which ended with a U.S. withdrawal in December 2011.

Obama said the 4,475 U.S. military personnel who died "made the ultimate sacrifice to give the Iraqi people an opportunity to forge their own future after many years of hardship."

The Iraqi government said Tuesday it is postponing local elections scheduled for next month in the provinces of Anbar and Ninevah by up to six months, because of security threats to electoral workers and candidates.

Voting in Iraq's other provinces is due to go ahead as planned on April 20.

  • People inspect a car destroyed in a car bomb attack close to one of the main gates to the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, March 19, 2013.
  • People carry the body of a car bomb victim following an attack near the municipal building in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, March 19, 2013.
  • People examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in al-Mashtal, Baghdad, March 19, 2013.
  • Children inspect a bus destroyed in a car bomb attack in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, March 19, 2013.
  • A police officer stands guard at the site of car bomb attack in Shuala, Baghdad, March 19, 2013.

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by: mustafa from: pakistan
March 20, 2013 10:30 PM
Saudi arabia is the main sponsor of AL QAIDA in this world. As long as Al Qaida has financial and other supports from Saudi Arabia, no place is safe in this world.

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