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Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Iraq Bombings

Firefighters clean the scene where two cars exploded in Kut on July 29, killing five people and wounding more than 30 others.
The Al-Qaeda terror network has claimed responsibility for a wave of car bomb attacks that killed dozens of people across Iraq on July 29.

In a statement posted online the next day, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- a merger between Al-Qaeda affiliates in Iraq and Syria -- said it had carried out the attacks in response to what it described as the mistreatment of the Sunni minority in Iraq.

The group had last week claimed responsibility for simultaneous attacks to two Iraqi prisons that freed some 500 inmates, including senior Al-Qaeda militants.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters