Al-Qaida-inspired group claim dozens of attacks across Syria

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A group inspired by al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria. It's the latest evidence that extremists are exploiting the chaos to make inroads in another Middle Eastern country.

Yesterday the SITE monitoring group, which tracks jihadist chatter on the Internet, said the Al-Nusra Front released statements on extremist websites in late June claiming the attacks were to avenge the killings of Syrians by the government.

One of those attacks, a week ago today, targeted a pro-regime television station where seven people were killed.

Other attacks in the latest claim of responsibility include dozens of armed raids and bombings -- including suicide bombings -- in Syrian cities.

The opposition and the rebel Free Syrian Army deny having any links to terrorism.

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