Canada Concerned about Rise in Terrorism in Iraq

June 6, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:

“Canada is concerned by the rise of terrorism in Iraq that enabled elements of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to take temporary control of parts of the city of Samarra.

“Approximately 3,000 Iraqi civilians have died in acts of terrorism and violence since the beginning of 2014. In Fallujah, Samarra, and elsewhere in Iraq, civilians are being caught in the crossfire between ISIL and security forces.

“Canada condemns all acts of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Government and People of Iraq during these difficult times. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this horrific violence and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“Canada calls for restraint in the use of force in populated areas—particularly in Fallujah, where ongoing attacks are killing dozens daily—and calls on all parties to refrain from targeting civilians, and to protect medical facilities.”

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