A Sunni extremist group with links to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombs that exploded in Iraq over the weekend.
The Islamic State of Iraq said online that they were fighting against the detention of Sunni women allegedly held by Iraqi security forces.
In the statement, the ISI claims that the Shiite Rafidi government have conducted a series of arrests that targeted Sunni women in order to pressure their relatives to surrender to authorities or to blackmail their relatives. Attacking during Eid was intended to deliver a message: You are not safe, even during a holiday built around peace.
“What will come after will be much worse so be prepared,” the statement warns.
The ISI has a media department, and they made the statement which CNN cannot authenticate. But it appeared on various radical Islamist sites known for posting similar al Qaeda messages and recruitment videos. The Islamic State of Iraq is an umbrella group of a number of Sunni extremist groups that includes al Qaeda in Iraq.
The ISI was created to replace the al Qaeda in Iraq brand in order to appeal to more Iraqis.