October 29th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

Sunni extremists: We set off bombs in Iraq, more to come

A Sunni extremist group with links to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for bombs that exploded in Iraq over the weekend.

A wave of attacks shook Iraqis as they were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid.

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.

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  1. opus

    I don't understand the so called good mulims, if the koran speaks of killing non believers why do the good and
    so called educated muslims stay in the religion. They should be leaving by the millions except maybe they actually
    like all this killing of non believers.... Time to stop muslim immigration into the USA immediately before the bring
    their belief here.

    October 30, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • faris

      Opus, fastest growing religion in the world? Islam.
      Opus, where in the world, or better yet, where in the Koran, did you ever read that Muslims should kill non believers? Maybe before commenting on what or what not the Koran says, you do a teeny weeny bit of research (internet exists, duh) and find out the truth, as opposed to sounding like a bigot hater from the USA.

      October 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silverado

      @faris – opus is absolutely right. I looked it up on line (duh). Quran 2:191– "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers."
      Why don't you agree with opus? Facts are on his side, not yours. Koran sux.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • K_Daraa

      Faris the only reason Islam is growing, is because of unrestrained breeding. Hardly a reason to rejoice, when hunger is already widespread throughout the Islamic world. But hey, why worry, when you can just go take somebody else's food away from them like the takfiri AQ ansar al-sharia are doing in Timbuktu.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bregs

    If I lived in the mid-east, I don't think I'd leave my house on a religious holiday. They seem to be synonymous with 'bomb days'. Of course, they'd probably just come bomb your house for not celebrating the holiday. You can't help but feel sorry for most of the Iraqis.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silverado

      @Bregs – Well, please use euphemisms. Don't call Islamic holidays "bomb days". Instead, you could call it warm, bright and loud. Warmth and brightness of Islamic holiday may only last less than a second after detonation, but it is much warmer and brighter than Christmas.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheGreenMan

    Sometimes CNN calls them "activists" and sometimes "extermists", but also "Rebels" when it suits. To the ordinary person they are Muslims and the ordinary person is a target of their 'peace religion't.

    November 1, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
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