U.S. Vice President Biden to call Iraq's Abadi: White House

March 4, 2015 8:39 PM

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U.S. Vice President Biden to call Iraq's Abadi: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Wednesday, a discussion that is expected to include the Iraqi-led fight against Islamic State militants in Tikrit among other matters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants has not played a role in the battle in Tikrit, the home town of executed Sunni president Saddam Hussein. Instead, it has been led by Iraqi military officials in coordination with Iran's military.

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