Joe Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, Seeking to Bolster Fight Against ISIS

April 28, 2016 8:49 PM

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Joe Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq, Seeking to Bolster Fight Against ISIS

BAGHDAD — In an unannounced visit shrouded in secrecy, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. came to Iraq on Thursday for the first time in almost five years, hoping to help a weak prime minister and bolster the military campaign against the Islamic State.

The intense security and clandestine nature of the trip reflected the challenges Iraq still faces 13 years after the United States-led invasion. Mr. Biden arrived for the visit, which was under discussion for months, at a moment when the country’s political leadership is mired in yet another crisis.

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