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Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2012

Al-Qaeda attack in Iraq results in over 100 murdered

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Bombings and shootings ripped across Iraq on Monday,  killing at least 106 people in the deadliest day in more than two years.

A coordinated attack in 15 cities sent a chilling warning that al -Qaeda is slowly resurging in the security vacuum created by a weak  government in Baghdad and the departure of the U.S. military seven  months ago.

Iraqi militants have continued deadly attacks since US forces exited in December and the result has been the chaos created by the deepening sectarian  political crisis that pits Sunni and Kurdish leaders against Shiite  political powers.

“Al Qaeda is trying to send a message that it is still strong and can  choose the time and places to attack,” said Shiite lawmaker Hakim  al-Zamili, a member of parliament’s security and defense committee. He  said weaknesses in Iraq’s ability to gather intelligence about terror  plots, or stop them despite security checkpoints has shown how toothless  the government is in protecting its people.

A series of gun and bomb attacks has racked Iraq for the second straight day, with unidentified gunmen targeting a military base and car bombs exploding in Baghdad, Kirkuk and elsewhere.

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed and 180 injured in at least 19 separate explosions and attacks on Monday morning, officials said.

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