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Calling for a "new stage of jihad," Al Qaeda group Islamic State of Iraq takes responsibility for the worst violence seen in Iraq in over two years.
The group "Islamic State of Iraq," an Al-Qaeda affiliate, today posted a message on a militant website claiming responsibility for a spate of attacks in Iraq on Monday that killed over 100 people, reported the Associated Press.
The group described the assaults as a "blessed foray" kicking off their new "Breaking the Walls" campaign aimed at rebuilding tribal strength in a bid to retake Sunni-held areas, said AP.
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The message also included a call for a "new stage of jihad," said Reuters.
BBC News said security forces appeared to be a special target.
US troops withdrew from Iraq in December, and Monday's violence -- the deadliest seen in Iraq in over two years -- reflects a growing challenge for local forces trying to maintain security.