Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Recent Violence in Mosul, Iraq


The United States strongly condemns recent attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, Iraq, which have broad security implications for the country.  In particular, we condemn the kidnappings of Iraqi citizens and Turkish Consulate personnel, their family members and other Turkish citizens residing in Mosul, and join the Governments of Turkey and Iraq, as well as the international community, in calling for their immediate release.

ISIL’s appalling violence has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.  It is a clear security threat to Iraq and a growing threat to the region. It seeks to turn back the clock on the progress Iraq has made, and it will cause unimaginable suffering. We urge Iraqis from all communities to work in solidarity against ISIL and any other militant groups that would seek to undermine Iraq’s future peace and stability.

We reiterate our support for the Iraqi people and the Government of Iraq in their fight against terrorism.  The United States will continue working with the people of Iraq, regional partners, and international organizations to ensure that the resources and strategies needed to combat ISIL and other emerging terrorist groups are in place so that Iraqis can achieve the peace, democracy and economic prosperity that is their due.