U.S. Condemns Assault on Iraq's Mosul
    2014-06-11 08:06:36     Xinhua       Web Editor: Zhang

The United States condemns "in the strongest possible terms" the aggression by Islamic militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the White House said on Tuesday.

The attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has led to a serious deterioration of the security situation in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province, said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

"The situation is extremely serious," Earnest told a regular briefing, adding that U.S. officials were tracking events closely in coordination with the government of Iraq.

Insurgent groups on Tuesday took full control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, driving security forces from their posts and seizing local government offices, police stations and other key buildings.

The United States is "deeply concerned" about the events that have transpired in Mosul over the past 48 hours and supports a strong and coordinated response to "push back against this aggression," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Psaki said ISIL continues to gain strength from the situation in Syria, from which it transfers recruits, sophisticated munitions, and resources to the fight in Iraq.

"It should be clear that ISIL is not only a threat to the stability of Iraq, but a threat to the entire region," Psaki said.

She said the United States will continue to work closely with Iraqi leaders on a holistic approach to diminish ISIL's ability to operate within Iraq's borders.

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