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Iraq/attack on an army recruitment centre

Published on August 17, 2010
Statement by Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, August 17 , 2010

I utterly condemn this morning’s despicable suicide bombing outside an Iraqi army recruitment centre in Baghdad which killed around 60 people and injured a huge number of others.

I express France’s extreme shock at this heinous act and extend our very sincere condolences to the bereaved. By attacking soldiers and army recruits, the terrorists are targeting the instruments of Iraq’s sovereignty and trying to discourage the Iraqis’ commitment to their country’s recovery.

I renew France’s full support to the Iraqi authorities and people in their resolute fight against terrorism and in their effort to promote the rule of law./.

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