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China Daily | Updated:2013-08-14 07:55It is worrying that Iraq is experiencing the worst eruption of violence in recent years, with the number of people killed and wounded rising on a daily basis.The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said July was the deadliest month in the country for more than five years, as more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in acts of terrorism and violence, and the death toll continues to rise.On Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is affiliated to al-Qaida, posted a statement in religious forums claiming responsibility for a wave of bombings on Saturday across Iraq that killed more than 60 people and injured more than 200.Saturdays attacks are just one example of the bloodshed instigated by al-Qaida affiliated forces in the conflict-ridden country. The group has also claimed responsibility for the simultaneous raids in July on two prisons in Baghdad that freed some 500 inmates and left more than 60 people dead.It is clear that the resurgence of the al-Qaida affiliated force, which threatens the fragile security fabric in Iraq, is a result of the security vacuum from the United States withdrawal in December 2011, as well as the lasting social unrest in parts of the region.While lamenting the loss of innocent lives, the international community should keep a vigilant eye on the resurgence of al-Qaida groups in the Middle East country, as they are playing an increasingly prominent role in Iraq.The turbulence in the Arabian Peninsula has provided fertile soil for al-Qaida to reorganize its ranks and extend its influence in the region, especially in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Iraq.Defending US President Barack Obamas record of fighting terrorism on Aug 5, White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted that while the core of al-Qaida had been diminished through the efforts of the US and its allies, affiliated organizations, including al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, have become stronger.The decision by the US to close 19 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa earlier this month because of a potential terrorist attack shows the country, which has been leading global anti-terror crusade since Sept 11, 2001, is aware that the war against terrorism has not been won.Until the violent acts instigated by terrorist groups in countries such as Iraq and Syria come to an end, the US should not try to bask in its successes against terrorism.(China Daily 08/14/2013 page8)Related StoriesIraq bombing wave kills more than 6040 killed, 250 wounded in attacks across Iraq41 killed in attacks on Iraq prisonsSuicide bomber attacks Iraq army convoy, killing 1027 killed, 77 wounded in attacks across IraqAt least 28 killed in separate attacks in IraqUN envoy condemns continuing bloodshed across IraqAt least 35 killed in wave of attacks across IraqBomb kills 12 soccer players, fans in IraqWorld heritage: Hatra, IraqCartoonsA hairy proposalBrexit dealWuzhen SummitUS anti-dumping investigations go against fair tradeLand-based Aegis anti-missile defenseAnger at online rumorsMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsWho has the right of way on zebra crossings?Do foreigners find online shopping fun or pain?ColumnistsFake and shoddy drugs a threat to people, challenge for administratorsEU welcome to work with China to help AfricaForumFeatured ContributorsUphill battle of Chinese tea in RussiaInternet essential to ending poverty worldwideChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersThe past 5 years: Chinas global leadershipGetting stared at in China: Cultural curiosity, globalization and racismBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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