U.S. concerned about terrorist activity in Iraq

The U.S. is concerned about terrorist activity and violence in Iraq, including a recent string of prison breaks throughout the country, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Monday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to questions about recent prominent prison breaks in Iraq, with the largest breaks occurring at Taji and Abu Ghraib. She said the U.S. is calling on Iraq to try to find the escapees.

"I know there have been a number of prison breaks in different places," Harf said. "Clearly, they're concerning to us, and that's why I think you saw the Interpol notice go out this weekend. Clearly, we call - we've called on the government of Iraq to continue to try to find people that have escaped. Again, it's a tough process to do so. And we remain concerned by the fact, yes."

When asked if the U.S. was concerned that after years of training and spending, the Iraqis failed to maintain their facilities, Harf said the U.S. will keep working with Iraq to fight terrorist threats.

"We do remain very concerned about the terrorist activity that we see in Iraq today," Harf said. "I think I've made clear that it's important to remember that both the majority of the Iraqi people have rejected this violence and that it really is being perpetrated by terrorists in Iraq, and also that the government and the political leadership has taken steps in the last few months to come together to fight this threat together. They've been talking about it and meeting about it in a way that we hadn't seen previously. So we're going to continue working with Iraq to help them fight this threat that they're facing."