Petraeus back from Baghdad
December 21st, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Petraeus back from Baghdad

EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer for more on this story – Wednesday 4pET-6pET

By Arwa Damon and Wolf Blitzer

CIA Director David Petraeus has just returned from a quick visit to Iraq, sources tell CNN. The trip was initially intended as a chance for Petraeus to thank the CIA team in Iraq as the US completed its withdrawal of forces, an official said. (Read Blitzer's blog on Petraeus' secret trip)

The trip, though previously planned, comes as Iraq is mired in political turmoil. The country’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, is in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region as he fights charges from Maliki’s government that he organized a death squad targeting government and military officials.

Petraeus, a former commander in Iraq, also met with the Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Speaker of the Parliament and Minister of Finance, both senior members of the mostly Sunni-backed Iraqiya political bloc, which Hashemi is also a member of. Petraeus then traveled to northern Iraq to meet with senior Kurdish leadership.

The content of Petraeus discussions were not disclosed.  The CIA and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad would not comment.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Amal Al-jubouri

    But please i have as million of iraqi have the same question to the American admenstration :Why you gave Iraq on the golden plate to the Mohlla in Iran? you have your eyes on the ground and you know what the iranian did and couintiue destroying the freedom and civial society in my country
    anyway Iam a poet and poets have their disbelieve in politic , hope that one day the american politians do the right decsion and listen to the true people

    December 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  2. J. Pollard the zionist spy American Traitor

    This general is another zionist puppet and a joke.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:16 am | Reply
    • Teresia

      Ron Paul slaps down these CFR,IMF puppets .Money, conortls these GOP puppets .He's the only man up there that is not afraid of the Washington machine,same groups that was wrong about Iraq, killed close to a million people, most were innocent people .The money machine just needs to keep the lies going, and fool the world .They create conflicts for profit,and enslave the people thru debt and taxes.Its simply world traders, investors, and banks,even the Fed Reserve, READ HISTORY

      April 5, 2012 at 4:23 am | Reply
  3. geesam47

    We're sending everybody in to find out how bad it's going to get and the width and depth of the disaster that's coming.

    December 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  4. sielingfan

    this man needs to run for president.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply

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