By Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 - The insurgent violence that left at least 100
people dead across Iraq yesterday poses a potential challenge to the Baghdad
government, but U.S. defense officials believe Iraq's military is capable of
handling it, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today.
"We believe that the Iraqi government is capable of providing for its
own security and addressing internal threats that it is facing from al-Qaida
and other groups," Little told reporters at a news conference, while
condemning what he called cowardly, intolerable acts.
He spoke a day after what was described as one of the worst single days of
violence in Iraq this year. The Sunni extremist group al-Qaida in Iraq claimed
responsibility for a series of attacks across a wide swath of the country, more
than six months after the last U.S. troops left Iraq.
"The level of violence is a potential
challenge to the Iraqi government, but we're confident that they can take care
of business," Little added.