A terse posting on an Internet chat site that frequently carries messages from militant Sunni organizations in Iraq seems to suggest that the group known as the "Islamic State of Iraq" carried out the attack on the Iraqi parliament today. However, without further details, IraqSlogger cannot refer to this as a credible claim of responsibility.
The message appeared approximately an hour after news of the attack broke.
The subject of the message reads: "Breaking News: Huge Explosion against the Iraqi Parliament Building, Tens of Victims, Among Them Deputies."
The full text of the message reads: "This is a message from the Islamic State of Iraq to the Islamic Army, that all who will negotiate with the occupiers and their agents, we will reach them wherever they are."
Time Magazine was the first to report on this Internet posting, and apparently stands by its interpetation of the message as a claim of responsiblity by the Islamic State of Iraq for the Parliament attack.
Statments from the Islamic State of Iraq have appeared before on this particular Internet forum. The statements are usually more detailed statements with more verifiable information, often containing florid prose and multiple references to the Qu'ran. For example, see IraqSlogger's report on a statement apparently issued last month by the group which contains translated excerpts.
Until further evidence surfaces, IraqSlogger cannot report that the posting translated in full above is a credible claim of responsibility.
The Islamic Army of Iraq, referred to in the Internet posting, apparently issued a statement last week condemning the actions of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, calling on Osama bin Ladin to intervene personally to rein in al-Qa'ida's activities in Iraq.