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UN Security Council deplores and condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq, especially in Mosul

The U.N. Security Council has deplored the terrorist attack in Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul "in the strongest terms" and is demanding the immediate return of all hostages abducted from the Turkish consulate.

It also condemned recent terrorist attacks elsewhere in Iraq aimed at destabilizing the country and region.

The council reaffirmed its support for the Iraqi people and government and reiterated that "no act of violence or terrorism can reverse a path towards peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq."

The press statement adopted Wednesday backed the government's plans for a national unity meeting to combat terrorist threats.

The U.N. envoy in Iraq is scheduled to brief the council at a closed meeting Thursday.