Vice President Biden Lands in Iraq

Sep 15, 2009 9:09am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: Vice President Joe Biden landed in Iraq this morning on an unannounced trip to meet with Iraqi leaders and visit with U.S. troops. The Vice President departed Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington last night at 7:15 p.m. ET and changed planes at Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base in England. He boarded a C-17 military plane which touched down at 4:20 p.m. local time. This is Vice President Biden’s third trip to Iraq this year. He also was there in January and July. While there, Biden is scheduled to meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other key Iraqi officials. Earlier this summer, President Obama added Iraq to Biden’s portfolio with the intention that the vice president would serve as a “high point of contact” at the White House for Iraqi leaders and take a more active role in reaching out on a weekly basis. — Karen Travers

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