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Al-Qaida claims deadly prison raids in Iraq, sets hundreds free

Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq claimed responsibility on Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers.

The statement issued in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq, was posted on an online jihadist forum. It said months of planning went into the highly coordinated assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji that began late Sunday.  The attack follows surge in violence since April.
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