January 28th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Biden calls Iraqi leaders as bloodshed worsens

As recent bloodshed raises fears of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq, U.S. Vice President Biden has been calling Iraqi leaders in an apparent attempt to soothe political tensions, the White House said Saturday.

Biden telephoned Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujaifi on Saturday and, a day earlier, spoke with Dr. Ayad Allawi, a leader of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya political bloc.

"The two Iraqi leaders described deliberations under way among all Iraqi political factions and parties in the run-up to a proposed national conference led by President Jalal Talabani," the White House statement said. "The vice president discussed with both leaders the importance of resolving outstanding issues through the political process. The vice president and Iraqi leaders agreed to stay in close touch as events unfold."

In the latest in a series of attacks this year, a suicide car bomber killed at least 31 people and injured 60 more in a Shiite funeral procession in Baghdad on Friday, two police officials said. The bombing occurred as mourners were heading toward a hospital in Baghdad's Zafarniya district to recover the bodies of relatives shot the night before, officials said.

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  1. saywhat

    In 1996 three notorious neo-cons ( or more appropriately anti-Americans) Richard Perle,David Wurmser and Douglas Feith, proposed a strategy of 'Perpetual War' tyo Benjamin Netanyahu. The paper was titled "The Clean Break- A New Strategy for Securing the Realm".

    January 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    in 1996 the the three notorious and universally disliked neo-cons Richard Perle, David Wurmser and Douglas Feith co-authored a proposal of "perpetual War" to Benjamin Netanyahu titled "The Clean Break – A New Strategy.......". n brief to keep M.East perpetually de-stabilized and a clean break from OSLO ACCORD.
    This strategy was eagerly accepted by the idiots of Bush-Cheny Realm'. The result – Iraq & Afghanistan and road map for military interventions in Syria & Iran.

    January 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    I am amused continuously by this person.
    Hate is a word I reject.

    January 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy ©

    Not me.

    January 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy ©

    Not me!

    January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Dear CNN,
    why delete my posts?

    January 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 30, 2012 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy ©

    They're back.
    I took your advice and read the article.
    Extremely interesting.

    The posts come and go.
    They are fine-tuning things at CNN, if one hasn't noticed by now.
    Everyone's posts have been deleted.

    January 30, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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