The UN Security Council, calling for all “perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism” to be brought to justice, unanimously condemned “in the strongest terms” a recent terrorist attack in Iraq’s Diyala Province.
In line with their obligations under international law and the council’s resolutions, the Security Council urged all states to actively cooperate with the Iraqi Government in seeking to hold the perpetrators to account.
The UNSC also reiterated that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. In a joint statement, council members reaffirmed that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”
Council members also highlighted the need for all states “to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”
They further shared “their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the government of Iraq, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.”
According to reports citing Iraqi security officials on Friday, at least 11 Iraqi soldiers were shot dead in their sleep during an attack on their barracks by suspected Daesh/ISIS terrorists. The attack took place in the Al-Azim district, a mountainous area north of the capital, Baghdad.