VP Biden: Iraq needs 'urgent assistance,' unity

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says that "Iraqis have to put together and hold together" to end increasing sectarian violence wracking the country as Sunni insurgents over-run key cities.

Biden made the comments Tuesday during a stop in Brazil's capital Brasilia. Earlier in the day, he met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. He watched the U.S. team play its World Cup soccer opener the night before.

Biden says the U.S. government is "consulting closely with a full range of Iraqi's leaders on an inclusive political path forward even as we provide assistance to Iraq's security forces."

He added: "Urgent assistance is clearly required."

Biden didn't provide more details on the kind of assistance.

He says the U.S. must "help Iraq build the capacity to confront threats over the long term."

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Top Stories

  • Welcome Back
    Marshawn Lynch gets a warm welcome upon his return to the Seahawks

  • Have No Fear
    A Seattle health expert says we have no worries of Ebola spreading here

  • Rare Attack
    Otter attacks are so rare that wildlife agents don't have protocols for confrontations
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.