The commander of the combined joint forces in Iraq has called the recent bombings in Baghdad "desperate acts".
Speaking during a Pentagon briefing from Arlington, Virginia, US Major General Gary Volesky said: "As the enemy loses more and more terrain they resort to some of these desperate acts."
Major General Volesky also sent his condolences to the families who were affected by the bombings, but also denied suggestions the US would now leave Iraq:
This isn't the first time something like this has happened in Baghdad - in February there was an attack just as we were getting here.
The Iraqi security forces have not asked us for any assistance and frankly, they've got that well on hand.
Force protection is our first priority, and so we are fine here.
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