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U.S. Condemns Iraq Attacks That Killed Dozens During Holiday

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Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. condemned a wave of attacks yesterday in Iraq that killed dozens of civilians who were celebrating the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks today in Baghdad,” according to a statement released yesterday by the State Department. “These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community.”

Car bombs in Baghdad and other cities killed 69 people and wounded more than 200 others yesterday, the Associated Press reported today, citing medical officials. It was the highest single-day death toll since July 20, when assaults on two prisons near Baghdad and other attacks killed 71, AP said.

Yesterday’s attacks resemble others in Iraq over the past 90 days, most of which were perpetrated by al-Qaeda in Iraq, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to the State Department statement. The U.S. is offering a $10 million reward for information that leads to the killing or capture of al-Baghdadi.

The size of the reward “is second only to information leading to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of Al Qaeda’s network, and symbolizes our ongoing commitment to helping our partners in the region eliminate this threat from their territory,” according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Ahlstrand in Hong Kong at gahlstrand@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stanley James at sjames8@bloomberg.net

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