August 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the worst attack
in Iraq in more than two years shows "the hateful and destructive agenda" of those who want to slow progress in the country.
Two suicide car bombs exploded outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad on Sunday. The blasts killed at least 136 people.
Iraqi leaders say the attacks were intended to disrupt political progress ahead of elections in January.
Obama also says the bombings are an attempt to derail progress. He says the attacks "are no match for the courage and resilience" of Iraqis.
He says the U.S. is committed to help Iraq achieve peace, security and justice.
Obama called Iraqi leaders on Sunday to offer condolences.