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July 23, 2012 10:21 am

Deadliest Day of Year in Iraq as Al Qaeda Pledges New Attacks

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Photo: wiki commons.

NY Times – In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 separate attacks on Monday morning, setting off car bombs, storming a military base and ambushing checkpoints, Iraqi authorities said.

It was the single bloodiest day this year, with at least 97 people killed and more than 300 wounded in preliminary totals, according to local Iraqi officials in the many areas where attacks took place. The toll could rise still further as reports of more strikes continued to come in from provinces in northern and central Iraq well into the afternoon.

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