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Iraq hit by series of deadly attacks

Monday saw the deadliest wave of violence so far this year, with the number of wounded and dead approaching 400.

May 11, 2010 4:26 by

A series of 16 bombings and armed attacks rocked Iraq on Monday, killing and injuring hundreds.

“The attacks were designed to kill or maim the greatest number of people as targets varied from police officers, civilians, workers, to those who gather to help the injured,” Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports.

Speaking to Al Jazeera before the attacks, the US commander in Eastern Baghdad said that Al Qaeda still has operational capacity, yet it has been severely weakened. “Approximately 526 Al Qaeda members have been arrested, captured or killed by the Iraqi security forces since January,” he said.

“The violence is a clear signal that there are still many who are prepared to kill others and themselves. And if Al Qaeda is indeed behind the attacks, then its command is still intact,” Al Jazeera’s reporter concludes.

Source: Al Jazeera English


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