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Joe Biden Calls Iraqi Leader, Says U.S. Ready To Help

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US Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech after arriving on May 21, 2014 at Larnaca airport in the Cypriot southern port city. Biden is on a visit to Cyprus for talks on the divided Mediterranean island's peace process and its ties with Moscow given Russia's role in Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) | ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) that the United States is prepared to intensify and accelerate support for Iraq's security in the face of advances by Islamic insurgents.

The White House said Biden called al-Maliki Thursday morning.

The call came as the Obama administration was beginning to consider the possibility of drone missions in Iraq. Officials said Obama was not contemplating putting troops on the ground in Iraq.

The White House said Biden expressed solidarity with Iraq. Biden told al-Maliki the U.S. assistance would help, quote, "confront the urgent and growing threat" posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant insurgency.

Biden told al-Maliki that it was important that all of Iraq's communities be unified to defeat the ISIL.

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