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Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Monday Baghdad Blast

A group headed by suspected al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Baghdad on Monday that killed 13 people, five of them foreign contractors. “By the Grace of God, members of the martyrdom squadron of Jama’at al-Tawhid and Jihad were able to ambush a convoy of mercenary parasites in the center of the Iraqi capital,” said a statement claiming to be from the group dated Monday and posted on an Islamist Web site on Tueday. “Several cars were destroyed and the body parts of the infidels were seen flying in the air,” it said. “These operations are a clear message to the Americans that their path in Muslim countries will not be as easy as they believed.” It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the Arabic-language statement. Full Story

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