"The majority of the Sunnis in Iraq support al Qaida and are waiting for its return," al Baghdadi said. military and Iraqi civilians alike. In an attempt to goad Shiite militias to respond, Al Qaida bombed the revered al Askari Shiite shrine in Samarra in 2006 an attack that launched Iraq's descent into more than three years of sectarian fighting.
Baghdad political analyst Hadi Jalo said the insurgency now feels emboldened by the success of the Sunni dominated uprising in neighbouring Syria against Damascus' Alawite rulers. The Alawites are an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
"The only thing I remember was the smoke and fire, which was everywhere," said Mohammed Munim, an employee at the office who woke up in a nearby emergency room with shrapnel in his neck and back.
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But the political stonewalling shows no sign of breaking, and many of Iraq's leaders have left Baghdad during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which began late last week.
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The deadliest attack, however, took place just north of Baghdad in the town of Taji, where a double bombing killed at least 41 people. The blasts were timed to hit as police rushed to help victims from a series of five explosions minutes earlier.
Many of Monday's attacks were stunning in their scope and boldness. They bore the hallmarks of al Qaida, happening within a few hours of each other and striking mainly at security forces, government officials and Shiite neighbourhoods.
As a result, the flow of funding, arms and fighters slowed to a trickle, and al Qaida in Iraq has struggled to command much power.
Statements like that infuriate some Iraqi leaders who say Washington is helping al Maliki gloss over Iraq's dire situation.
"Terrorists are opening another gate of hell for us," said Kamiran Karim, a sweets seller in the northern city of Kirkuk, which was hit by five exploding cars throughout the morning. He suffered shrapnel wounds when one of the car bombs blew up about 200 metres (yards) from his cart.
"It is leading a sectarian war, and Iraq is part of its war and ideology in this region," Jalo said.
In one brazen assault, three carloads of gunmen pulled up at an Iraqi army base near the northeastern town of Udaim and opened fire, killing 13 soldiers before escaping, two senior police officials said.
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by the local insurgency's leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
The death toll of at least 108 was the worst for a single day in Iraq since May 10, 2010, when a string of nationwide attacks killed at least 119 people. The sheer breadth of Monday's bloodshed harkened back to the bloodiest days of Iraq's sectarian fighting in 2007, when it was common for more than 100 people to die in a day.
In a statement issued Saturday on a militant website, al Baghdadi warned that his Islamic State of Iraq is returning to strongholds that it was driven from by the American military. The Islamic State of Iraq is the formal name for the al Qaida linked group.
leaders to gain their support. With their help, he's sought to ease the political crisis that has largely broken down along sectarian and ethnic lines. invasion because of suspected ties to Saddam Hussein's regime.
The attacks came only days after al Qaida announced it would attempt a comeback with a new offensive against Iraq's weakened government. military gone and the government mired in infighting, the Iraqi wing of al Qaida has vowed to retake areas it once controlled and push the nation back toward civil war. Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's attacks, nearly all of them struck in the capital and in northern Iraqi cities where al Qaida can most easily regain a foothold.
Bombings and drive by shootings were virtually unheard of in Iraq during Saddam's regime, which kept a tight grasp on society through intimidation and threats. But hundreds of thousands of Kurds and Shiites were either executed or "disappeared" during Saddam's 24 year rule, targeted because of their political opposition. Last month, the anti American cleric Muqtada al Sadr became the most influential Shiite to join the Sunni Kurd demand for al Maliki to resign.
BAGHDAD A startling spasm of violence shook more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday, killing more Nike Air Max 2015 Flyknit Black than 100 people in co ordinated bombings and shootings and wounding twice as many in the country's deadliest day in more than two years.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, accused militants of "spreading panic and fear" and urged political parties to resolve their differences and help restore stability.
So far this summer, militants linked to al Qaida have claimed responsibility for a steady drumbeat of attacks designed to keep the government off balance as it struggles to overcome a power struggle that pits Sunni and Kurdish leaders against the Shiite prime minister. military withdrew last December, has all but paralyzed the government and deepened sectarian tensions around the country. officials insist al Qaida is incapable of sowing the kind of widespread violence that would return Iraq to sectarian warfare. And indeed, Shiite militias so far have held back from returning fire. But Monday's attacks prove al Qaida's continued ability to thwart security, undermine the government and create chaos in a fragile democracy that experts fear is headed toward a failed state.
"Things are not good. Things are bad," Ayad Allawi, the Shiite leader of the secular but Sunni dominated Iraqiya political coalition said in a July 16 interview with The Associated Press. "The society is split and we don't have a real democracy we have a mockery."
But the Iraqi wing of al Qaida was shunned by the worldwide terror network's central leadership, which chided it for killing civilians.
In another, a car bomb exploded outside a government office in Sadr City, the poor, sprawling Shiite neighbourhood in northeast Baghdad. Sixteen people died.
Antony J. Blinken, national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, predicted last week that al Qaida will fail to lure Iraq back toward war. He said the level of violence in Iraq today is roughly what it was before the invasion. Embassy in Baghdad. "But again, I think it's very important to put all of this in context. Compared to where Iraq was a few years ago, there's been a dramatic Nike Air Max Thea All Black Mens
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