Thursday, October 05, 2006


Rice Makes Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into Baghdad on Thursday for a surprise visit to press Iraqi leaders to resolve their differences and ease raging sectarian violence that has killed thousands.

"Our role ... is to support all the parties and indeed to press all of the parties to work towards that resolution quickly, because obviously the security situation is not one that can be tolerated and is not one that is being helped by political inaction," Rice told reporters traveling with her.

But her arrival in Baghdad was delayed by 30 minutes because of "indirect fire" at the airport complex, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Perhaps she'll announce at her unannounced visit that a new security plan will be announced.

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