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Panetta in Iraq

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 00:44

July 12 - New U.S. Secretary of Defense meets with Iraqi Prime Minister and President in Baghdad. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meets Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad. The U.S. says it will take unilateral action when required to counter threats to American troops from Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq. Panetta, who arrived on Sunday (July 10) for a surprise visit, is making his first trip to Iraq as U.S. defense secretary. His visit takes place amid mounting concern in Washington that Iran is providing weapons to Iraqi militants. U.S. officials have blamed Shi'ite militias armed by Iraq's Shi'ite neighbour Iran for most of the recent attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. At least three more have been killed in July, including one on Sunday, the day Panetta arrived in Baghdad. Earlier on Monday, Panetta announced that the U.S. would take unilateral action when needed to deal with the threat.

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Panetta in Iraq

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 00:44