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                                    U.S. EMBASSY BAGHDAD

                                   Office of the Spokesman

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   March 27, 2012

     U.S. Government Condemns Attack on Iraqi-American Woman

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad express their condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Shaima al-Awadi.  Speaking at the State Department in Washington, Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi American woman who died over the weekend following an absolutely brutal beating in her home in San Diego. We understand that U.S. law enforcement authorities are investigating all aspects of this horrific crime and taking all possible steps to bring the perpetrators to justice. As part of the investigation, the authorities are continuing to search for motives behind this attack, but the United States has no tolerance for wanton acts of violence like this.”

According to U.S. Embassy Spokesman, Michael McClellan, “The Embassy has not received any request from the Government of Iraq for assistance in repatriating Mrs. Shaima’s remains to Iraq. However, we stand ready to do whatever we can to assist the Government of Iraq in this matter if requested and will work to see that it is kept informed of details of the case as they develop.”

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