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Iraq Bombings


Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 17, 2009

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The United States joins leaders of all communities in Iraq in condemning the bombings that have taken place over the past several weeks in various places across Iraq. In particular we condemn the repeated targeting of Shi’a places of worship and most recently ethnic Shabak and Yezidi villages in Ninewa province.

These attacks are the reprehensible acts of extremists who continue to attempt to ignite violence between people who desire to live in peace despite being from different sectarian and ethnic groups. We reiterate the Iraqi Government’s call that those individuals or groups responsible for these horrific acts will be pursued and brought to justice in accordance with Iraqi law.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and to the families of those innocent Iraqis killed in these attacks.



PRN: 2009/830

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