After Baghdad Bombing, US State Dep’t Says Take Fight to Da’esh Strongholds, Ban Ki-moon Initially Silent 2 Hours

UNITED NATIONS, July 3 ( updated below -- After the bombing in Baghdad, before any reaction from the UN in New York - there was this from Jan Kubis' UNAMI -- the US NSC issued a condemnation, followed by this from the US State Department:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks carried out by Da'esh in shopping districts in Baghdad today.  Nearly one hundred people in total, many women and children, were killed as they broke fast for the holy month of Ramadan.

We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and friends, and wish a full and quick recovery to the many people who were injured.

These acts of mass murder are yet another example of Da’esh’s  contempt for human life. From Baghdad to Istanbul, Brussels, Dhaka, and Paris, Da'esh terrorists murder the innocent to attract attention and recruits.  They will not succeed. We will continue to unite the world against this evil, remove their safe havens in Syria and Iraq, and uproot their global networks. Our partnership with Iraq and its people, who serve on the front-lines of this global fight, remains steadfast and unwavering. 

We are in close contact with Iraqi authorities, and stand committed to supporting Iraqi Security forces as they take the fight to Da’esh strongholds, and bring all responsible for these terrible crimes to justice."

Update: two hours and 45 minutes later, the UN cranked this out:

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks in Baghdad today. He is appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators, who struck as residents prepared for Eid al-Fitr celebrations.
The Secretary-General expresses his deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Government and people of Iraq. He wishes the many injured a speedy recovery.
The Secretary-General appeals to the people of Iraq to reject any attempts to spread fear and undermine the unity of the country.  He calls on the Government of Iraq to ensure that the perpetrators of this horrific crime are brought to justice as soon as possible.
The Secretary-General wishes the people of Iraq a peaceful remainder of the holy month of Ramadan.
New York, 3 July 2016

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