Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Iraq killings

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Iraqis inspect the aftermath of a late-night car bombing Monday near a cafe in al-Amin Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Violence shook more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing more than 100 people in coordinated bombings and shootings and wounding twice as many in the country\'s deadliest day in more than two years. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)


BAGHDAD (AP) — An al-Qaida affiliate group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for Monday's wave of attacks that killed 115 people across the country and wounded hundreds others.

In a statement posted Wednesday on a militant website, the Islamic State of Iraq said the "blessed foray" marked the beginning of a campaign it calls "Breaking the Walls," announced last week by the local insurgency's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi said that his network's aim was to rebuild tribal alliances in order to make a comeback in Sunni areas from which it had retreated in 2007-2008.

The assaults, which mainly targeted security forces, made Monday the deadliest day in Iraq since May 10, 2010, when a string of nationwide attacks killed at least 119 people.