WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is condemning the wave of deadly bombings in Iraq, and says such attempts to derail progress in the country will fail.
In a statement, press secretary Jay Carney says Iraqi security forces have shown they are up to the task of responding to the bombings. The attacks killed at least 69 people across Baghdad Thursday, just days after the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.
Carney says the attacks, which bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida's Sunni insurgents, serve no agenda "other than murder and hatred."
He says Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to offer support for efforts to allow Iraqi blocks to work together, amid a governing crisis between Shiite and Sunni politicians and rising sectarian tensions.