The United States strongly condemns the killing of civilians by Pro-Iranian militants in Salah al-Din province in Iraq, state Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Monday.
The US Department of State notes that the militant attack occurred a few hours after an attack by Iranian-backed groups on a branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Baghdad.
“The government of Iraq must immediately take control of Iranian-backed paramilitary groups that lawlessly attack religious and ethnic minorities, peaceful protesters and activists, political party headquarters and diplomatic missions,” the statement said. “
The perpetrators of this violence must be brought to justice. The actions of these groups prevent the international community from helping Iraq and lead Iraq to sectarian violence and instability. We call on all parties to act responsibly and work together to help Iraq overcome economic and security challenges, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.”