The statement said that India remained strongly committed to the emergence of a stable, peaceful, united and democratic Iraq which is in the interest of regional and global peace and security.
"The government of India strongly condemns such attacks and firmly stands by the government and the people of Iraq in their fight against international terrorism and in their efforts to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the friendly country of Iraq," it said. It said that the government has issued an advisory giving details of a 24-hour helpline set up by the Indian embassy in Baghdad for assistance of Indian nationals there. The security deterioration in Iraq started last week when bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and hundreds of gunmen who took control of several neighborhoods in western part of Mosul and expanded later to other areas and provinces after the Iraqi security forces withdrew from the city. (IANS)