State Dept: Iraq Bombers Are ‘Enemies of Islam’

Officials Say Attacks Probably al-Qaeda Related

The US withdrawal from Iraq doesn’t extend to the US State Department’s decision to issue bizarre expressions of sympathy for bombings.

Following the major strikes across Baghdad yesterday, the State Department issued a statement faulting the attackers for carrying out attacks during Eid al-Fitr, saying anyone who did so were “enemies of Islam.

The statement went on to say that the attacks bore the “hallmarks” of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) which wasn’t really in dispute in the first place, and offered a $10 million reward for a top AQI leader.

That the US bothered to respond at all it odd, and the decision to focus on Eid al-Fitr is doubly so, since the timing was likely entirely coincidental, and attacks of this size have been carried out several times a month all summer without a similar reaction.

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