Biden huddles with Iraqi PM on al Qaeda

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE spoke Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki about the country’s ongoing struggle to tamp down resurgent al Qaeda affiliates, the White House said.

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“The Vice President spoke about the United States’ ongoing support for Iraq in its fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq / the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (AQI/ISIL),” the White House said in a statement.

Last month, the Obama administration approved plans to send loads of new equipment to Iraq to help the country in its fight against the resurgent terror cell.

ISIL has taken control of Fallujah and other key areas in Iraq, threatening to destabilize al-Maliki’s government.

There has also been a rash of bombings and attacks across the country, as tribal and ethnic conflicts have boiled over.

“The Vice President commended the Government of Iraq’s commitment to integrate tribal forces fighting AQI/ISIL into Iraqi security forces, to provide compensation for those injured and killed protecting Iraqi citizens from AQ/ISIL, and to rebuild communities in Anbar damaged from the fighting,” the White House said.

Some Republicans have criticized Obama for not having a more hands-on approach to the conflict. The president has delegated the Iraq portfolio to Biden.