US condemns Beirut bombing, pledges support

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The United States Embassy Tuesday condemned the terrorist bombing that shook Beirut overnight, pledging full support for Lebanese security forces in the struggle against terrorism, The Daily Star reported.

"The United States condemns this morning's terrorist bombing in Tayyouneh. We wish a full recovery to those wounded in the attack," the embassy tweeted. "The United States reaffirms its support for the Lebanese Army and Lebanese Internal Security Forces in their mission to uphold security."

On Monday before the bombing, U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale had pledged his country's full support, assistance and partnership with the ISF and the Army.

"A stable Lebanon is more important than ever. Lebanon's government and security institutions are working hard and effectively to counter terrorism and maintain the country's stability. We stand by your side and offer our full support and assistance," echoed a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in the same day.

Likewise, many Lebanese politicians have expressed condemnation of the terrorist attack that killed a General Security officer and wounded 20 near an Army checkpoint in Beirut's southern suburb.

"[It is sad] that the series of explosions continues, stealing the lives of innocents and spreading chaos," Culture Minister Raymond Areiji said. He called on all political parties to gather around the support of the official security forces against the terrorist threats.

"It is our fate to pay the price of the extremism hitting the region," said Michel Musa, member of Speaker Nabih Berri's Development and Liberation bloc, adding that he expecting other attacks to occur in the near future.

In this vein, MP Ibrahim Kanaan called for a separation between political conflicts and security threats.

"We must deal with the security tremors independently of the political crisis," he said, referring to the presidential vacuum and the disruption of the country's political institutions.

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