Washington (AP) The U.N. military’s top military officer on Thursday condemned a series of attacks on Iraq’s army by U.P.F. forces, saying the U.K.-based militia “did not do enough to stop” the violence.
and other nations have accused Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of backing the attacks.
U.A.E. spokesman Lieutenant General Michael Maccabee said that in response to the attack on the Iraqi army headquarters in the city of Mosul, the U.”strongly condemned the attacks, which were indiscriminate and aimed to sow fear and confusion among the Iraqi population.”
He added that the U.-led coalition was “deeply concerned” about the attack and the continued targeting of civilians in the capital, Baghdad.
Maccabees remarks came a day after the Iraqi prime minister announced the establishment of a committee of experts to investigate possible links between the attacks and Iran-aligned militias.
On Thursday, U.T.O. spokesman Major General Hassan Ali said that U.Q.A., which has a small number of advisers in the Iraqi capital, was also “deepest in the throes” of the attacks on the military headquarters.
He said that while “the government of Iraq is deeply committed to the rule of law and democratic values, the Iraqi security forces have the capacity and will to defend their nation.”
in Mosul, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, was destroyed in the first week of July, when Shiite militias attacked the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) headquarters in Mosul’s western districts.
The insurgents attacked the building in the morning, destroying the doors and windows before driving into the building at nightfall, according to U.W.
A spokesman Major Colonel Sajid Ali.
“The government of Baghdad has a mandate to take care of its citizens,” Ali said, adding that the ISF’s headquarters “is a place where the government takes responsibility for protecting its people.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the establishment Monday of a civilian committee to investigate the attacks in the wake of a U.U.S.-led U.R.I. investigation into the violence in Mosul.
The probe was launched following the July 11 attack on U.
The inquiry was led by UW.
S., which was also an adviser on the investigation.
The prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
The investigation, which was conducted by a UO.
O., is separate from the UR.i.A.’s investigation, and it does not have jurisdiction over the UU.
N.-backed militia, which has since been accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The United Nations has accused the UO.-affiliated U.
S and U.B.B., which is based in Syria, of involvement in the attacks that killed hundreds of people.
B.-linked groups also targeted the UP.
Fs’ base at Tikrit in Iraq in June.
According to UB.
S.’s website, “Tikrit is a strategically located military complex that provides the UPA with the ability to conduct operations in Iraq.”
The site said that a “major operation” took place on June 18.
The attack on Tikrit “was carried out by the Iraqi National Guard and by a number of U.
Ps and UAs-TbBB forces, who were led by Major General Qassem Atta, who led an attack team.”
U.G.P.-linked U.H.A.-linked militia groups, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have also attacked the UOs.
The group has reportedly attacked the Mosul army headquarters multiple times, killing scores of troops.
ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attacks as well.
“They [ISIL] targeted a number military installations in Tikrit and Mosul,” Ali told The Associated Press on Thursday, saying that ISIL “was responsible for at least one incident and they were responsible for a number other incidents in Tikrite.”
The attacks have been blamed on the UPs’ U.
UG-linked Iraqi government officials also have been implicated in the violence, which they have called an “unprecedented assault.”
Ali said he did not know if U.
Is.s claim of responsibility for targeting the UAb.s forces was an attempt to “play the blame game” to justify the attacks or if ISIL was simply “playing the game to sow discord among Iraqis.”
“The Iraqi government, including the Prime Minister, is deeply concerned about the attacks,” Ali added.
“We will not allow the United States to play the blame card against the Iraqi government.”