In response to a series of high profile deadly attacks in Baghdad, PM Nouri al-Maliki said the recent developments require a reassessment of security plans. He described the bombings as an attempts by extremists to reignite sectarian strife in the country and halt progress and reconstruction efforts.
Maliki called upon Arab and Muslim countries to issue a clear condemnation of these attacks and deal with the perpetrators as war criminals.
Meanwhile the spokesman of Baghdad operations, major general Qasim Ata blamed the Iraqi security forcesfor the unfortunate setback in security. According to the Iraqia state TV, he said the incompetent units that failed to prevent the attacks have had their ranks infiltrated.