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Obama Calls Iraqi Leaders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
President-elect Barack Obama talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, during a meeting with Congressional Republican and Democratic leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev, is at right,. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

President-elect Barack Obama talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of calif. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, during a meeting with Congressional Republican and Democratic leaders. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev, is at right,. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

President Barack Obama has spoken to two key leaders of Iraq after that nation held provincial elections over the weekend.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama spoke Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

Gibbs had no other immediate details on the conversations.

Obama said Sunday that the peaceful elections in Iraq are "good news" for U.S. troops and their families, and he agreed with the suggestion that a substantial number of those troops could be home within a year.

Iraqis voted in provincial elections under tight security this weekend that were conducted with remarkably little violence.


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