Biden: US supports Iraq's fight against al-Qaida

5:17 PM, Jan 26, 2014   |    comments
Mourners and Sunni gunmen chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led government during the funeral of a man killed when clashes erupted between al-Qaida gunmen and Iraqi army soldiers on Friday, his family said, in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Provincial spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi said Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen are pressing their campaign to rout al-Qaida from Fallujah and Ramadi, two main cities in the western Anbar province.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says the United States continues to support Iraq in its fight against al-Qaida-linked militants.

The White House says Biden spoke by telephone Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Car bombings and shootings killed 13 people across Iraq on Sunday, and clashes between security forces and al-Qaida-linked militants continued in the contested western province of Anbar. Iraq's al-Qaida branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has taken over parts of the Anbar capital Ramadi and controls the center of the nearby city of Fallujah.

Biden commended al-Maliki's government for its efforts to integrate tribal forces fighting al-Qaida into Iraqi security forces, and to provide compensation for those injured and killed fighting the militants.


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