WASHINGTON — International terrorist network al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for two simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons, which they said they freed up to 500 inmates.
Reuters reports that the raids were confirmed and killed at least 29 police officers and soldiers, with 36 wounded. This was far below the terrorist claim that they killed 120 Iraqi policemen and soldiers, which is a commonality for al-Qaeda estimates.
The al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is one of the most dangerous branches of the terrorist network, with the exception of their Yemeni group. They had launched an attack on the same anniversary last year.