Iraq and Syria have recalled their ambassadors in a diplomatic dispute
over bombings that killed more than 100 people in the Iraqi capital
The Iraqi government has linked the blasts to Baathist sympathizers
located in Syria. On Tuesday, officials recalled the Iraqi ambassador
to Damascus, and ordered Syrian officials to hand over two men wanted
in connection with the attacks.
Syria responded by recalling its ambassador and demanding Iraqi authorities provide evidence to back up their allegations.
Earlier Tuesday, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for last week's
blasts, in which two truck bombs hit several government ministries,
killing more than 100 people and wounding 500 others.
A statement published on an al-Qaida-linked Web site claimed bombers
had targeted the Finance, Defense and Foreign ministries in central
The blasts were the deadliest attacks since U.S. forces withdrew from
urban areas in late June. They came as workers were preparing to begin
removing concrete security barriers that protect government buildings
in the capital. The barrier removal program has now been postponed.
On Monday, in the southern city of Kut, bombs exploded on two buses, killing at least 11 people and wounding 10 others.