Al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq has claimed a wave of bombings targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad that killed at least 21 people, in the latest violence to hit Iraq as it struggles with protests and a political crisis.
Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City on February 17, 2013. A series of bombings mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad has killed at least 21 people, officials said.
The al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) carried out the attacks "in revenge for alleged criminal acts by the Shiite-led government in Sunnis areas of the capital," said the SITE monitoring service, which tracks extremist Internet forums.
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