US says Iraq Ramadan attackers are "enemies of Islam"

August 11, 2013 15:08

BAGHDAD - The United States has condemned the latest bombings in Baghdad which killed dozens of people, saying attackers who targeted civilians during celebrations marking the end of Ramadan were "enemies of Islam".

Car bombs ripped through markets, shopping streets and parks late on Saturday as Iraqis were out celebrating Eid, the end of the Muslim fasting month, killing 57 and wounding more than 150.

Eighteen months since the last US troops withdrew, Sunni Islamist militants have been regaining momentum in their insurgency against Iraq's Shi'ite-led government.

The civil war in neighboring Syria has aggravated sectarian tensions further and Iraq's Interior Ministry has said it is facing an "open war".

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad," the State Department said in a statement.

"The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community," it said.

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