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On 29 February, a Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on the attack in Baghdad on the previous day:
In so doing, the terrorists belie the Islamist message of salvation that they preach, while at the same time revealing that they are operating from a position of weakness. The efforts of the international anti‑ISIS coalition are yielding results; Islamic State’s advance has been halted and the terrorist organisation has been forced back from a number of regions. What IS is resorting to are terrorist attacks such as this – an act of desperation in military terms that accepts the fact that so many members of Iraqi civil society must fall victim to senseless violence as its price.