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Iraq

Iraqi Sunni Leader, Obama Discuss Role For Anbar Tribal Militias

Some local and tribal forces in Anbar Province have been helping Iraq's Shi'ite-led government try to wrest back control of parts of Ramadi and nearby Fallujah. (file photo)
Some local and tribal forces in Anbar Province have been helping Iraq's Shi'ite-led government try to wrest back control of parts of Ramadi and nearby Fallujah. (file photo)
By RFE/RL
U.S. President Barack Obama has met with Iraq's parliamentary speaker to discuss the integration of Sunni tribal militias into Iraqi government forces that are fighting Al-Qaeda.

The talks in Washington came as Vice President Joe Biden met with a visiting delegation of Iraqi lawmakers -- including Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a prominent Sunni leader.

The White House says Obama and Nujaifi discussed the need for security and political steps to fight terrorism.

Some local and tribal forces in Anbar Province have been helping Iraq's Shi'ite-led government try to wrest back control of parts of Ramadi and nearby Fallujah, which were seized by Al-Qaeda fighters nearly a month ago.

In Baghdad on January 22, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called upon residents of Anbar Province to take action to expel Al-Qaeda militants from Fallujah.


With reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

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