WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Monday condemned recent bombing attacks in Iraq, voicing steady support for the Iraqi government's efforts to promote stability and security.
"The United States joins leaders of all communities in Iraq in condemning the bombings that have taken place over the past weeks in various places across Iraq," said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a statement.
The security situation in Iraq has remained tense since the U.S. army troops pulled out of all the Iraqi cities and towns in June. Recent bombing attacks have reportedly claimed about 200 lives.
"These attacks are the reprehensible acts of extremists who continue to attempt to ignite violence between people who desire to live in peace in peace despite being from different sectarian and ethic groups," said Clinton.
"We reiterate the Iraqi government's call that those individuals and groups responsible for these horrific acts will be pursued and brought to justice in accordance with Iraqi law," said the secretary.
President Barack Obama also expressed his deep concerns over the situation in Iraq, but reiterated that the U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011 as scheduled.
"Now, as Iraqis take control of their destiny, they will be tested and targeted. Those who seek to sow sectarian division will attempt more senseless bombing and more killing of innocents," Obama told a gathering participated by veterans of foreign wars Monday in Phoenix, Arizona.
"But as we move forward, the Iraqi people must know that the United States will keep its commitments," said Obama, adding that "we will remove all our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. And for America, the Iraq war will end."