US condemns IS bombings in Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 9 (KUNA) — The US on Thursday condemned the deadly suicide attacks in and around Baghdad, which were claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
“The United States strong condemns the barbaric terrorist attacks in Iraq today that deliberately targeted civilians, killing at least 25 people and injuring many more. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims, families and friends and remain steadfast in our support for the Iraqi people in their fight against Daesh,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters, using the Arabic acronym for IS.
“These attacks… are stark reminders of why we must defeat this enemy,” he added.
Toner also lauded the “the progress being made by Iraqi forces on the battlefield” against IS in Fallujah, and pledged continued US support “to defend and protect the Iraqi people.” He said the Obama Administration is further “encouraged by statements made by Iraqi leaders over the past several days urging for the protection of civilians who are fleeing Daesh and the pledge to investigate any cases of abuse, and to hold violators accountable.” Toner’s statement follows “extremely distressing, credible reports” from the UN human rights chief that civilians fleeing IS in Fallujah are being subjected to abuse and death by armed groups. (end) ys.ibi