Obama in Iraq: Meets With Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, left, talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 21, 2008. Obama began Monday his first on-the-ground inspection of Iraq since launching his bid for the White House, with U.S. commanders ready to brief him on progress in a war he long opposed and Iraqi leaders wanting more details of his proposals for troop withdrawals. Man at center is an unidentified aide.(AP Photo/Thaier al-Sudani, Pool)

Obama arrived in Iraq today and first went to Basra a city in the south of the country which is under mostly British and Iraqi government control. There he spoke with the leading commanders in the area and assesed the political and military conditions in and around Basra. Next Obama flew into Baghdad and had full discussions with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki about the conditions in Iraq and a gradual American troop withdrawel from Iraq by 2010. Next Obama will meet with Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. troops in Iraq and discuss the stability of Iraq and, the current troop surge of American troops that began last Summer…

Obama begins firsthand look at Baghdad

U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, center, leaves after having talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, unseen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, July 21, 2008. Obama began Monday his first on-the-ground inspection of Iraq since launching his bid for the White House, with U.S. commanders ready to brief him on progress in a war he long opposed and Iraqi leaders wanting more details of his proposals for troop withdrawals.(AP Photo/Thaier al-Sudani, Pool)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (R) and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker (L) leave the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki after a meeting in Baghdad July 21, 2008. Obama met Iraq\’s prime minister on Monday to get a first-hand assessment of security in the country, where violence is at its lowest level since early 2004.REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (L) walks with Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh (2nd L) and Iraq\’s National Security Advisor Muafaq al-Rubaye (R) during his arrival at the office of Iraq\’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad July 21, 2008. Obama met Iraq\’s prime minister on Monday to get a first-hand assessment of security in the country, where violence is at its lowest level since early 2004.REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama meets with Iraq\’s President Jalal Talabani (R) in Baghdad July 21, 2008.REUTERS/Wathiq Khuzaie/Pool (IRAQ)

Before arriving in Iraq Obama met with the Emir of Kuwait at his residence…

A picture released by the official Kuwait News Agency shows Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (left) greeting US Democratic presidential contender Senator Barack Obama in Kuwait City on July 20. Obama has arrived in Iraq for talks with local leaders and US commanders, after vowing to pull out US troops in 16 months if he takes over the White House.(AFP/KUNA)

Newly-graduated Iraqi police officers hold national flags during their graduation ceremony in Baghdad on July 20. Democratic White House candidate Barack Obama is in Iraq on a fact-finding tour, days after confirming plans to withdraw US troops from Iraq in 16 months if he takes office next year.(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

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Official stops during Obama\’s international tour. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is in Iraq for talks with local leaders and US commanders, after pledging to pull out US troops in 16 months if he takes over the White House next year.(AFP Graphic)

Obama���s 757 is Back in Service

Members of the media board a repainted campaign charter for Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at Midway International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, July 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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