BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday deplored the recent string of bombings in Iraq, but said the "terrible and tragic events" haven't stopped the nation from implementing security strides.
Speaking to reporters during her one-day trip to Baghdad, Clinton told reporters at a press conference that the bombings that left nearly 160 people dead and scores wounded since Thursday "are regrettable and horrible in terms of loss of life."
But Clinton said that she and Gen. Raymond Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, share the same perspective about the recent high-profile bombings in Diyala province and Baghdad.
"They do not reflect any diversion from the security progress that has been made," she said. "The reaction from the Iraqi people and the Iraqi leaders was firm and united in rejecting that violence and refusing to allow it to set Iraqi against Iraqi, which is obviously one of its intended goals."
Clinton said she was briefed by Odierno, and they talked about the high-profile attacks in the last few days, which stoked fears of a return to
Shiite-Sunni sectarian violence.