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More cracks in US-led coalition as al-Qaeda takes credit for hotel bombing

A spokesman for al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a hotel bombing here, which killed seven people, as South Korea joins Spain and Poland in rethinking troop commitments to Iraq. “Al-Qaeda’s lions, who are experienced in destroying the seats of Russian leaders and are in Iraq to encounter their enemies, planned and carried out this operation,” said Abu Mohammad al-Ablaj, in charge of al-Qaeda training. The claim, in an e-mail to the Saudi-owned, London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, referred to the bombing of Baghdad’s Mount Lebanon Hotel Wednesday night. The US-installed Iraqi Governing Council also said al-Qaeda was responsible. Full Story

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