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Joe Biden tries to buck up Iraqis, promises training and equipment
Joe Biden tries to buck up Iraqis, promises training and equipment

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraq's prime minister Monday to try to smooth over a rough exchange of words between the two governments following the fall of important cities to Islamic State militants in recent days. In his call with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Biden paid respects to “the enormous sacrifice and bravery” of Iraqi fighters over the last 18 months of fighting, particularly around Ramadi, in western Iraq, according to a White House account of the call. Ramadi and Palmyra, in Syria, both fell to the militant group over the last week. The vice president’s soft words followed much harsher ones from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who said...

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