1. TERRORISM

    Al Qaeda: We Were Behind Iraq Bombs

    FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2011, file photo, Iraqi security forces and people gather the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq. An al-Qaida front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks that ripped through markets, cafes and government buildings in Baghdad on a single day last week, killing 69 people and raising new worries about the country's path. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

    Karim Kadim / AP Photo

    Al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch has claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings that killed 70 people in Iraq last week. The Baghdad explosions represented the worst outbreak in violence since August, and came just as American troops were pulling out for good. An al Qaeda website claimed that the attacks were orchestrated to “support the weak Sunnis in the prisons of the apostates.” Sunnis, which are a minority in Iraq, held power in the era of Saddam Hussein.

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