Al-Qaida claims Eid holiday bombings in Iraq

August 12, 2013 09:16

BAGHDAD - An al-Qaida affiliate said it carried out Saturday's bombings in Iraq, which killed dozens of people, in response to a government arrest campaign, the SITE Monitoring group reported on Monday.

The statement from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted on Jihadist forums, claimed responsibility for the attacks across Baghdad and in provinces in southern Iraq targeting people celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, SITE said.An insurgency by Sunni Islamist militants, including the local branch of al- Qaida, against Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, has been gaining momentum eighteen months since the last US troops withdrew.

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