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Mortar Rocks Green Zone During Cheney Visit
VP Reports a "Greater Sense of Urgency" After Meetings With Iraqis
05/09/2007 12:23 PM ET
Baghdad, IRAQ: US Vice President Dick Cheney (C) meets with Gen. David Petraeus (R), commander of US forces in Iraq and US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker (L), at the US embassy in Baghdad, 09 May 2007.
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Baghdad, IRAQ: US Vice President Dick Cheney (C) meets with Gen. David Petraeus (R), commander of US forces in Iraq and US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker (L), at the US embassy in Baghdad, 09 May 2007.

A mortar round landed inside the Green Zone while Dick Cheney was in meetings inside the US embassy, close enough nearby to send the press pool gathered for the VPs visit scurrying for cover, according to CNN.

Cheney's spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride said later, "His business was not disrupted. He was not moved."

Cheney appeared in a brief press conference with Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker shortly after the explosion to answer a few questions from reporters.

Petraeus discussed the progress he viewed the surge making so far, and expressed hope that the security measures would allow for marked political progress in time for his report back to Congress in September.

A major item of interest was the pressure Cheney had been expected to lay on Maliki to encourage Parliament to not recess for two months.

Cheney said that he expressed the need to act quickly on measures currently under discussion, and while remaining vague on any response Maliki may have given regarding the imminent Parliament vacation, Cheney did say he felt a "greater sense of urgency" than he'd seen previously.

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