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StWC Statement on Kabul & Baghdad Bombings - 31/05/17

Statement on horrific terrorist attacks in the capitals of countries first targeted in 'War on Terror'

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There have been horrific terrorist attacks overnight in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bomb in the centre of Kabul has killed at least 80 people and injured 350. It targeted an area containing western embassies, including the German and US embassies, and the presidential palace. The bombings in Baghdad took place in an ice cream parlour, targeting people enjoying themselves after breaking their fast during Ramadan, and outside offices. The latter have been claimed by ISIS, which is targeting Shia Muslims. It is still unclear who is responsible for the Kabul bombings.

Whoever was responsible, we should be aware that these attacks are yet another example of a marked increase in terrorism which has severely risen since the ‘War on Terror’ began 16 years ago. We argued when it began that the war would worsen the threat of terrorism, not reduce it. Much informed opinion agrees with us and continues to do so. Tragically, these events are only the latest of many in which ordinary people suffer.

It is also a reminder that the people in countries which have been bombed and occupied are suffering huge casualties as a result of terrorism. We send our condolences to all those affected.

During this election campaign, it is a scandal that the government refuses to acknowledge the damage done by its successive wars, and we urge a change in foreign policy which can end these threats of terrorism.