April 25th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
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Clinton: String of attacks won't deter Iraqi strides

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.

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    April 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Dave NYC

    This is what pro-active diplomacy looks like, folks.

    The Troops have done their Job – now its time for the politicians to take responsibility.

    This is one of the reasons I voted for Obama. The Bush/Cheney way of using the military to solve every problem was not working.

    April 25, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Dave

    Oh, I bet her helicopter came under serious fire...actually, no one fired anything, it was just really windy but in her eyes, that's the same thing as coming under fire..

    April 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. parker

    Tell her to put her hair down......She is not the President!

    April 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Peter

    It is good she is not the President.......See how the earth has cooled.

    She felt entitled lets see now!

    April 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. DAVE

    That is her job!

    April 25, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. dustbunny

    Was she being shot at like the last time she claimed she was? Or did she learn her leason about making things up.

    April 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Dan in NY

    Good for Secretary Clinton and the troops! After being there for so long, these troops need the morale boost and to be recognized by our leaders. Visits from the President and Secretary of State a few weeks apart is a great way to remind people of these troops sacrifice.

    April 25, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. slp

    Bush visited the troops on several different occasions also. But I guess that has been conveniently forgotten. I am just waiting for the day when everyone who voted for Obama wakes up and realize what a joke this administration is. Safe we are not!

    April 25, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State and she is doing the job she was appointed to do, don't you Repugs get it. This isn't Bush/Cheney policies that didn't work, it's the Obama administration, the generals on the ground have spoken, U.S. troops can't go it along the Iraqi Government must stepup their efforts.

    April 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. faith

    I came under sniper fire.......

    Senator Mccain comes with a length of experience, I Hillary Rodham clinton came with bucket of experience and President Obama came with a speech he gave in 2002......

    Reallly, lets see now?

    April 25, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Mike

    I do not need Clinton or Obama to remind me to support our troops. It is nothing more than a publicity gig for them both...C & O. The only thing that C & O remind me of is the slippery slope we as a nation are all on with them and their false hopes of change in office.

    God save our troops and the USA.

    April 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. dave-texas

    She is just a secretary of state!!

    April 25, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Secretary Clinton ROCKS!!!

    April 25, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Debbie

    Hillary Clinton is as narcissistic as her sort of husband . Always looking for the headlines. I would like to have her PUT out GOVERNMENT COMPLETELY AS SHE IS ONLY OUT FOR HERSELF !!!!!

    April 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. chuck

    God Bless Hillary Clinton> GREAT WORK> THE NEXT PRESIDENT IN 2016.

    April 25, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |