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Vice President Biden calls Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki following al-Qaida surge

Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday to discuss the rise in extremism in Iraq, following a surge by al-Qaida in Anbar province which claimed control of Fallujah in early January.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM   |   Comments

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Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday to discuss a recent surge by al-Qaida forces in Iraq.

The White House released a statement about the phone call between the two leaders.

"This afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Vice President emphasized that the United States stands with Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Vice President expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists and praised the recent security cooperation between Iraqi Security Forces and local and tribal forces in Anbar province. Prime Minister Maliki affirmed the importance of working closely with Iraq’s Sunni leaders and communities to isolate extremists. The Vice President and Prime Minister agreed to continue to deepen the U.S.-Iraq security partnership under the Strategic Framework Agreement."

Al-Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant claimed control of Fallujah in Anbar province, proclaiming it an "Islamic emirate" on January 3, prompting Maliki to ready Iraqi military forces and urge residents of Fallujah to reclaim the city from extremists.

[White House]
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