December 27th, 2011
05:44 AM ET

Al Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibility for recent attacks

Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for a string of attacks that killed almost 70 people and wounded more than 200.

The seemingly coordinated explosions Thursday struck during the height of morning rush hour, hitting a number of Baghdad's primarily mixed Sunni-Shiite neighborhoods. Nine car bombs, six roadside bombs and a mortar round all went off in a two-hour period, targeting residential, commercial and government districts in the Iraqi capital, police said.

"The series of special invasions launched, under the guidance of the Ministry of War in the Islamic State of Iraq, to support the weak Sunnis in the prisons of the apostates and to retaliate for the captives who were executed," the group said on an al Qaeda website.

Iraq's leadership is dominated by Shiite Muslims, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The country's Sunni minority held power under former leader Saddam Hussein.

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  1. chrissy

    roflmmfao @ banasy....what a grand entrance that was!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Soooooo, gung hoe, you would have left the soldiers in Iraq to try and stabilizE a region that doesn't want us there AT ALL to potentially get more of our soldiers killed?
    if these kids died in vain, it isn't because of the man who got them OUT, it's the man who got him IN.

    That's like me saying that we should blame gung hoe for the 4500 deaths. Makes about as much fookin sense.
    Iraq will NEVER be stable because the Middle East will NEVER be stable.

    I would like to also remind you that the POTUS hasn't gotten us into any wars. So his service record (or lack of it, something he shares with Bush) is a non-issue.

    I am nobody's idol.
    I don't want to be, either.
    No offense, but PURDUE WINS!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @chrissie thats ok theres always a cold wind When the beast of the north walks in the room

    December 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Well congrats chrissie On him quitting drinking.You need to give him credit for that its not easy coming from a alky

    December 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    whoooaaa gung hoe! 😦 tell me you were not just talkin about MY sista from anutha mutha? You do know my truck is running and its only an hour and a half to ass kickin!

    December 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And he gets no credit gung hoe, the only reason he quit cuz i wont buy it! lmao

    December 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DjkrB

    Dear CNN:

    Congratulations.

    Your boards are the biggest joke in blogdom.

    Your “report abuse” button is apparently disabled, because nothing is ever done about the vitriolic and disgusting garbage that is posted here.

    These boards are now know as a safe haven for schoolchildren trolls who like potty humor.

    Please post a thread about feces and fetish s*e*x, because that is all that is ever posted anymore anyway.

    Perhaps this way, they will post on that thread, and leave the serious posters here alone.

    The contempt that CNN shows its readers and posters by not moderating this blog is reprehensible.

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    December 27, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DjkrB

    I just pooped my panties

    December 28, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
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