Iraq

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility for Recent Jail Breaks in Iraq

Hundreds of prisoners were freed

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Al-Qaeda said it was behind two mass jailbreaks in Iraq, which freed hundreds of prisoners including senior leaders of the Islamist militant group.

In an online statement, al-Qaeda said Sunday's attack was the final one in a campaign aimed at freeing inmates and targeting justice system officials.

At least 20 security guards died when gunmen stormed the Abu Ghraib and Taji jails near Baghdad.