Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq Amid Political Crisis

8EE55930-92EA-4ADC-8C75-4A31DD84BD45_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy2_cw0{VOA NEWS} – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq for talks with Iraqi leaders “focused on encouraging Iraqi national unity and continued momentum” in the fight against Islamic State.

“The Vice President will also be discussing steps the international community can take to promote Iraq’s economic stability and further regional cooperation,” a statement from Biden’s office said.

Biden is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Iraq since his previous trip to the country in 2011. He met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shortly after his arrival.

“The vice president has been the point person on Iraq for the administration since the beginning,” said an unnamed U.S. official traveling on Biden’s plane. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.