Saturday, April 25, 2009

Clinton makes surprise visit to Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making a surprise visit to Iraq today after a recent upsurge in violence in the war-torn country.

Clinton characterized the bombings as signs of desperation among those who reject democratic change in Iraq.

"I think in Iraq there will always be political conflicts, there will always be, as in any society, sides drawn between different factions, but I really believe Iraq as a whole is on the right track," Clinton said.

"I wanted to come today to repeat the commitment President Obama and I and the American people have to Iraq and to assure you that as we make this transition the United States will stand with the people of Iraq."

The Obama administration plans to withdraw most troops out of Iraq over the next few years.

Clinton reassures Iraq in surprise stop in Baghdad

Los Angeles Times - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The secretary of State's comments are upbeat despite recent violence. She tells Iraqis the US is 'very committed' even though troops will be withdrawn.
Video: Raw Video: Sec. of State Clinton Arrives in Iraq The Associated Press
Reuters - The Associated Press - Washington Post - Voice of America

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