Security Council condemns deadly violence in Iraq’s Anbar Province
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NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council has condemned the attacks being carried out by Al-Qaida-linked militants in Iraq’s Anbar province and recognized the “great courage” shown by the Iraqi security forces and local leaders to counter the threat posed by the terrorist group, The U.N. News Center said.

In a statement read out during a formal meeting by Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for the month, the 15-nation body deplored the recent surge in violence in Anbar province, where, for the past week, media reports have cited deadly clashes between Iraqi troops and Al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters.

Condemning the attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) “against the people of Iraq in an attempt to destabilize the country and region,” the Council recognized that Iraqi security forces, local police and tribes in Anbar are showing great courage as they fight to defeat ISIL in their cities.

“The Security Council urges the people of Iraq, including Iraqi tribes, local leaders, and Iraqi security forces in Anbar province, to continue, expand and strengthen their cooperation against violence and terror,” said the 15-member body, stresses the critical importance of continued national dialogue and unity.

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