Britain calls for Iraqi unity after 'cowardly' bombings
Britain condemned a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday which killed 57 people and called on the rowing political parties to pull together to build a more stable country.
"These cowardly attacks come at a time of political tension in Iraq. I hope that leaders from across the political and sectarian spectrum will pull together to establish a dialogue to ensure Iraq's political stability and to build a stable future," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
Hague added that Britain "will support Iraq in its efforts to defeat extremism and terrorism."
Britain joined the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 but its troops withdrew in 2009.
The last US troops pulled out of Iraq this month and Thursday's apparently coordinated blasts and the slaughter of a family were the first major sign of violence in a row that has threatened a fragile political truce and heightened sectarian tensions.
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