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Al Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility for Baghdad Attacks

KHALIL AL-MURSHIDI/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- According to the SITE Intelligence Group, the Islamic State of Iraq, an al Qaeda-affiliated group, released a statement Tuesday claiming responsibility for last week’s coordinated attacks in Baghdad that killed 69 people.

Thursday's attacks included at least 15 bombs over a two-hour period and appeared to bear similarities to previous al Qaeda attacks targeting mostly Shiite neighborhoods.

The statement said the group "knows where and when to strike and the mujahideen will never stand with their hands tied while the pernicious Iranian project shows its ugly face."

It also described the attacks as a "series of special invasions...to support the weak Sunnis in the prisons of the apostates and to retaliate for the captives who were executed by [the Shiite-led gov’t]."

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