BAGHDAD - Al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a slew of bombings that killed at least 71 people in Baghdad last week, a group that monitors online communication among insurgents said on Tuesday.
A suicide car bomber and multiple roadside bombs hit Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite areas on Dec. 22 in the first attacks on the capital since US troops withdrew from Iraq on Dec. 18.
The US-based SITE Intelligence Group said the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group for al-Qaida-linked insurgents, had claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement posted on Islamist websites on Monday.
ISI said it had carried out the attacks in support of Sunni prisoners. "The operations were distributed between targeting security headquarters, military patrols...and eliminating the heads of unbelief from amongst the security, military and administration leaders of the Green Zone (Iraqi) government," it was quoted by SITE as saying.
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