Clinton on surprise visit to Iraq 2009-04-25 14:09:22   Print

Special Report: Tension escalates in Iraq

Backgrounder: Major bombings in Iraq since January, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (in red) is greeted by newly appointed U.S Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill in Baghdad as Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, looks on April 25, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    BAGHDAD, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Baghdad on Saturday on a surprise visit to Iraq.

    Her visit came after a wave of deadly violence in the past two days in Iraq which claimed the lives of more than 130 people.

    Clinton said the latest bloodshed shows the extremists' fear that Iraq is going in the right direction and these attacks could not rekindle the sectarian conflict.

    This is Clinton's the first trip to Iraq as America's top diplomat. She said the country has made great progress in maintaining stability despite the recent violence.

    On Friday, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Shiite Muslim shrine in Baghdad, killing 60 people in the deadliest single incident in Iraq in more than 10 months.

    The attack followed major bloodshed on Thursday and at least 130 people were killed over the two days.


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