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5 Car Bombs Rock Baghdad in Effort to Disrupt Elections

Five car bomb blasts rocked Baghdad today as suicide bombers hit targets that included the Australian Embassy, the latest attacks in an intensified campaign of violence apparently meant to disrupt nationwide elections planned for Jan. 30. The American military reported that 26 people had been killed and at least 21 wounded, but The Associated Press cited Iraqi officials who put the death toll at 12. Four of the blasts occurred in close succession during the morning rush hour. News agencies reported that a group led by the Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian militant who has been responsible for a series of coordinated bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings, took responsibility for the embassy bombing in a statement on an Internet site.Full Story

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