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October 25, 2009

Statement by the President on Today's Bombings in Baghdad, Iraq

I strongly condemn these outrageous attacks on the Iraqi people, and send my
deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. These bombings serve no
purpose other than the murder of innocent men, women and children, and they only
reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of those who would deny the Iraqi
people the future that they deserve. These attempts to derail Iraq's progress
are no match for the courage and resilience of the Iraqi people, and their
determination to build strong institutions. The United States will stand with
Iraq's people and government as a close friend and partner as Iraqis prepare for
elections early next year, continue to take responsibility for their future, and
build greater peace and opportunity. Together, we will continue to work for
lasting security, dignity, and justice.

BACKGROUND: The President spoke with President Talabani and Prime Minister
al-Maliki at about 1:00 PM EST. He expressed condolences about the attacks and
reiterated our commitment to stand with Iraqis.


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