US condemns Iraq attackers as 'enemies of Islam'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States condemned the perpetrators of deadly attacks in Iraq Saturday as "enemies of Islam," in an unusually detailed statement following the latest violence in the war-ravaged country.
The State Department said the car bombs that tore through Baghdad cafes and markets, as well as other blasts and shootings elsewhere, were "cowardly" attacks "aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr" holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The violence killed at least 61 people and came just weeks after brazen assaults, claimed by an Al-Qaeda front group, on prisons near Baghdad that freed hundreds of militants, and amid high daily death tolls in Iraq.
State Department spokesman Jen Psaki, however, went further, reiterating the US$10 million (S$12.7 million) award offered for Al-Qaeda in Iraq's purported leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be sheltering in Syria.