- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 3, 2016

The White House on Sunday strongly condemned an Islamic State attack in Iraq late Saturday that killed more than 100 people, saying it was a “heinous” assault on innocents who were breaking fast during Ramadan or simply enjoying the European soccer championship on television.

Bomb blasts ripped through a busy area of cafes and shops in Baghdad, killing more than 120 in the deadliest attack on the capital this year, according to news reports.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility the attack, its third this week after taking responsibility for attacks in Bangladesh that killed 20 hostages and two police officers and a blitz on Istanbul’s main airport that killed more than 40.

“We remain united with the Iraqi people and government in our combined efforts to destroy ISIL,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said, using an acronym for the Islamic State. “These attacks only strengthen our resolve to support Iraqi security forces as they continue to take back territory from ISIL, just as we continue to intensify our efforts to root out ISIL’s terrorist network and leaders.”

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