April 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced her support for Iraq’s government during an unannounced visit to Baghdad today, days after the deadliest spate of attacks in the country in the past year.
“We are committed to Iraq, we want to see a stable, sovereign, self-reliant Iraq,” Clinton told an audience including 120 invited Iraqi civilians at the U.S. embassy. Her arrival in the city followed two days of bombings that killed more than 150 people.
The latest bomb attacks were the last gasp of an insurgency that has been severely weakened since 2007, Clinton told reporters. She said the attacks were a “tragic” sign the “rejectionists fear that Iraq is going in the right direction.”
On her first trip to Iraq as secretary of state, Clinton met General Raymond Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in the country, to discuss the spike in fatal a
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