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Iraq al-Qaida vows bin Laden vengeance

BAGHDAD, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida militants in Iraq have pledged to conduct 100 attacks on anyone and everyone in the country in retaliation for the execution of Osama bin Laden in May.

A statement posted online Saturday by the group calling itself al-Qaida in Mesopotamia said no one would be spared in the campaign to avenge bin Laden's death, The New York Times reported.

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"The enemies of God should know we do not forget and that pure blood will not go in vain," the posting said.

The declaration came days after some 40 terrorist bombings and assassinations throughout the country Monday in which at least 90 people were killed. It wasn't clear if those attacks were part of the 100 warned attacks.

U.S. Navy SEALs stormed the home of al-Qaida leader bin Laden in Pakistan May 2 and killed him.

The predominantly Sunni Muslim al-Qaida faction in Iraq said in its posting bin Laden's death was a catalyst for more violence.

"We began this stage with an invasion we have called the battle of revenge for Sheik Osama bin Laden and other senior leaders," the group said.

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