Iraq in a Day

/ January 12, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived in Iraq this morning, according to a statement released by Biden's Senate office.

The duo started the day in Basra, where they met with head of the Iraqi Army in Basra. They also met with several community leaders, as well as members of the Basra provincial reconstruction team. The duo then flew to Baghdad, where they were briefed by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the head of Multi-National Force-Iraq, and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker.

Biden and Graham then held meetings with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul-Madi and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Barham Salih.

The duo wrapped up the day by having dinner with U.S. troops and several members of the Delaware National Guard’s 261st Signal Brigade, including Biden’s son, Capt. Beau Biden. After dinner, the delegation visited the Iraq headquarters of the 261st Brigade.

-- Chris Castelli