Officials report that at least 103 people were killed in Iraq Monday in a rash of shootings and bombings, making for the country's deadliest day so far this year. The violent acts appear to have been coordinated and come just a few days after an al Qaeda leader released a statement warning that the terrorist group was launching a fresh offensive and returning to parts of the country from which it had retreated before U.S. troops left the at the end of 2011. "The majority of the Sunnis in Iraq support al Qaeda and are waiting for its return," Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the militant group's Iraqi affiliate said.
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