Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Iraq bombings
BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group claimed responsibility for a wave of bombings across Iraq that killed 60 people on Monday and the Interior Ministry said it was facing an "open war" from insurgents bent on plunging the country into sectarian strife.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was formed earlier this year through a merger between Al-Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, said in a statement posted online it had carefully selected its targets, which were mainly Shi'ites.
The 17 blasts were the latest in a relentless campaign of bombings and shootings that have killed more than 4,000 people since the start of the year.
Nearly 900 people have lost their lives in militant attacks in July.