Biden, Al-Maliki Confer on Insurgent Attacks

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - US Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday to express support for Iraq's fight against al Qaeda-linked militants, a message Biden repeated in another call on Monday with Osama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

Biden, Al-Maliki Confer on Insurgent Attacks

"The Vice President expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists and praised the recent security cooperation between Iraqi Security Forces and local and tribal forces in Anbar province," the White House said in a statement.

The White House said that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equipment to Iraq to help the country fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The affiliate of the international al Qaeda network has been tightening its grip on the country's Anbar province, and last week captured positions in Ramadi and large parts of Falluja.

The White House said Biden, in his call with Nujaifi, praised the recent cooperation between Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni local, tribal, and national leaders in the fight against ISIL, Reuters reported.

"The two discussed how best to sustain and deepen recent cooperation between Sunni communities and the Iraqi government," the White House said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the United States would step up its deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq.

"We're working closely with the Iraqis to develop a holistic strategy to isolate the al Qaeda-affiliated groups, and we have seen some early successes in Ramadi," Carney said in a briefing.

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