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Iraqi Al-Qaida group claims country-wide attacks

Yara Bayoumy reports for Reuters:

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of coordinated attacks that mainly targeted police forces in Shi'ite areas and killed at least 60 people across the country on Thursday.

In a statement seen on Islamist websites on Friday, the group said it carried out the attacks in revenge for what it called a "torture and liquidation campaign that Sunni women and men are being subjected to in Baghdad's prisons and other areas."

Thursday's attacks hit at least 14 cities and towns across Iraq, highlighting the threat al Qaeda and other militant groups continue to pose to security forces after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in mid-December.

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