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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