WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- White House said on Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the suicide bombing at a Baghdad army recruitment center that killed dozens but the administration insisted rampant violence will not affect the schedule of U.S. military drawdown.
"The president condemns those attacks. There are obviously still people who want to derail the advances that the Iraqi people have made towards democracy, but they are firmly on track and we' re confident that we're moving towards the end of our combat mission there," said White House spokesman Bill Burton in a statement.
"Our combat mission ends at the end of the month, but we will still have troops there who are helping to support them as necessary," Burton said, denying the upsurge of violence will affect the schedule of U.S. military withdrawal.
At least 48 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack on an army recruitment center in Baghdad.
Iraq is witnessing a resurgence of violence recently as a new government is still not in place five months after the parliamentary elections. The death toll in July has reached an alarming two-year high, casting doubt on the government's ability to secure the country.