VP Biden Addresses Vets At Veterans Convention In Indy

By Scott Sarvay

August 23, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 5:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Vice President Joe Biden told military veterans that insurgents in Iraq have failed to undermine elections and the forming of a new government there.

Speaking in Indianapolis at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 111th National Convention, Vice President Biden said the United States would remain committed to helping the Iraqi people.

About 50,000 troops are expected to remain in Iraq until the end of 2011 as a training and assistance force.

Biden says, “After too many years of neglect, we've finally now have clearly defined a strategy backed by the resources needed to implement it. And we are making measurable progress on the overarching goal we have in Afghanistan. To disrupt, to dismantle and to defeat Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

Biden was also optimistic about progress being made in Iraq.

He said Al Qaeda has failed to inflame tensions there and that the country is well on its way to forming a new unified government.

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