Obama Arrives in Amman, Jordan

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (R) meets with Jordan\’s King Abdullah at Beit Al-Urdun in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008.REUTERS/Jim Young (JORDAN) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008

Obama urges political solution in Iraq

Barack Obama arrived in Amman, Jordan today and met with King Abdullah and gave a press availability at the Amman Citadel. Obama credited the US military for the secession of violence in Iraq but, emphasized the key to driving out the jihad foreign fighters and Al-Qaeda operatives was mainly in part by the local Sunni population of Anbar province in capturing and killing the fighters. This has helped stabilize Western Iraq and strengthen the Iraqi government. But, as Iraq has seen a decline in violence, Afghanistan has seen an increase in Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity. Obama would like to move two brigades from Iraq to Afghanistan and help shore up the NATO led forces there to combat the increasing threat…

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (C) speaks at a press availability at the Amman Citadel in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. Obama is joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) (L) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE). REUTERS/Jim Young (JORDAN) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (JORDAN)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, shakes hands with King Abdullah of Jordan, Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (R) shares a laugh with Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) at the Amman Citadel in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (JORDAN)

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (3rd R) walks by the Amman Citadel, an ancient Roman landmark, in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. Obama is joined by conservation architect May Shaer (2nd R), US Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) (3rd L) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) (R).REUTERS/Jim Young (JORDAN) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008

In this photo released by the U.S. military, U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with U.S. army Ssg. Harrison Wright, during a breakfast visit to the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Obama traveled to a former hotbed of the Sunni insurgency on Tuesday for talks with tribal leaders who joined the fight against al-Qaida in Iraq and now seek a deeper role in Iraq\’s political future. (AP Photo/ U.S. military, HO)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (L) listens to Anbar governor Mamoon Sami Rasheed during his visit to Anbar province July 22, 2008. REUTERS/Anbar Governor\’s Media Office/Handout

TIME outlines the rest of his overseas schedule here.

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