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Al-Qaeda Presence In Iraq Strongest Since 2006

Raishad Hardnett |
November 14, 2013 | 11:16 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

A Baqouba bombing in 2008. (via Creative Commons user Jametiks)
A Baqouba bombing in 2008. (via Creative Commons user Jametiks)
The al-Qaeda presence in Iraq is the strongest that it has been since 2006, according to the head of the national counterterrorism center. 

Matt Olsen spoke at a Senate committee hearing Thursday, claiming that this year has seen a growth of al-Qaeda attacks. 

These remarks come after a series of bombings killed eight people, including two children, on Tuesday in Baqouba, Iraq -- a city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. Thirty-five others were injured in the attacks.

(ALSO SEE: 27 Dead After Bombing In Baghdad)

According to the United Nations, more than 5,500 people have died since April. Read more about the attacks here

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