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Scores Dead in Wave of Bombings, Shootings in Iraq

ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- A series of bombings and shootings across Baghdad and northern Iraq Monday left at least 107 people dead and 216 others injured.

It was the bloodiest day of the year as militants tested the efficacy of Iraqi security forces responsible for protecting the population since virtually all American troops left the country at the end of 2011.

The series of coordinated attacks were launched in the capital and nearly 20 other cities and villages, and targeted army and police officers, as well as civilians.

Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds were victims of the assaults, calling to mind the sectarian warfare that came close to tearing Iraq apart during the height of the war several years ago.

Various Shiite sections of Baghdad were struck, including the densely populated Sadr City area, which suffered the city's greatest losses with 16 fatalities.

Just 12 miles north of Baghdad, bombs killed at least 41 people in the Sunni neighborhood of Taji.  Meanwhile, the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk in the semiautonomous Kurdish region was also victimized by bombings as nine people were reported dead, including a half-dozen soldiers.

The wave of attacks came just days after someone purporting to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, vowed that his group would regain territories it left behind when the U.S. forces were still deployed in the country.

According to al-Baghdadi, "The majority of Sunnis in Iraq support al Qaeda and are waiting for its return."

Al Qaeda may be exploiting the ongoing political turmoil in Baghdad with Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki becoming increasingly unpopular with Sunnis and Kurds.

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Suspect in 2008 Mumbai Shootings Arrested

Fire brigade personnel arrive as fire engulfs the top floor of the Taj Mahal hotel, site of one of the shootouts with terrorists during an attack in Mumbai in 2008. (LORENZO TUGNOLI/AFP/Getty Images)(NEW DELHI) -- Indian police say a key organizer behind the Mumbai shooting rampage has been arrested.

Syed Zabiuddin was caught at New Delhi’s international airport.  It’s unclear whether he had arrived or was attempting to leave.

Zabiuddin is accused of tutoring the gunmen who went on to kill 166 people in India’s financial capital in 2008.  Indian authorities say Zabiuddin is a member of the Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Iraq Rocked by Deadly Attacks Ahead of Arab League Summit

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- Insurgents seeking to undermine the Iraqi government's claims that the country is finally stabilizing after close to a decade of war, launched a series of attacks Tuesday that left dozens dead.

The bomb blasts and shootings, which come as Iraq prepares for a major Arab summit in Baghdad, fell on the ninth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein, who was eventually caught, tried and executed.

Since the U.S. withdrew all its forces from Iraq at the end of the 2011, the country has struggled to maintain security and Tuesday's coordinated series of attacks suggested that there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Iraqi authorities reported militant strikes from the northern city of Kirkuk to the southern cities of Hillah and Karbala.

The death toll, which is expected to rise, was put at 46, with 200 people wounded. 

In addition, there were two bombings outside the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, which is where representatives from Arab nations will meet next week to see firsthand what progress Iraqi security forces have made since Americans soldiers departed the country.

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