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    Biden Vows US Will ‘Squeeze the Heart' Out of IS

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks to U.S. military personnel at Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 7, 2016.
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden talks to U.S. military personnel at Al-Dhafra Air Base near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 7, 2016.
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    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a five-day trip to the Middle East Monday, vowing that the United States would "squeeze the heart" out of Islamic State and destroy it.

    Biden visited U.S. airmen stationed at the Al-Dhafra Air Base near the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, as drones taxied down the runway.

    He dismissed Islamic State insurgents as "criminals and cowards." Biden, using an Arabic name for Islamic State, told the airmen, "We have to squeeze the heart of Daesh in Iraq and Syria so they can't continue to pump their poison in the region and around the world."

    In an interview with the Abu Dhabi newspaper, The National, Biden pressed the U.S. case for a negotiated peace settlement to end the five-year civil war in Syria, ruling out a military solution. Peace talks are set to resume again later this week in Geneva as a truce has sharply curtailed fighting in recent days.

    "A political solution between the parties is the only way to end the violence and give the Syrian people the chance they deserve to rebuild their country," Biden said. "To create a credible, inclusive, and non-sectarian system, a new constitution and free and fair elections."

    Biden is scheduled to meet with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is the federation's vice president and prime minister.

    Biden also visited Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on Monday, stopping to examine a wall in the ornate mosque bearing the 99 names of God written in Arabic.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2016. Also on Biden's itinerary are Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 7, 2016. Also on Biden's itinerary are Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.


    Later, he toured a government-backed clean energy campus, where he sampled water purified at a desalinization plant, a crucial facility for the future of the Emirates, which experts are predicting could run out of groundwater in the next 15 years.

    Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, is also visiting Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will host talks with Biden on Wednesday.  Ahead of their meeting, Netanyahu said the visit is evidence of the strong relations between Israel and the United States and that those who predicted the collapse of their ties have been proven wrong.

    Biden will also meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, and on Thursday he will hold talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

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    by: anonymous
    March 08, 2016 7:43 AM
    Mr Biden the use of such speech wording, relating to "squeezing the heart", are best left in the domain of heart specialists. Gung Ho words from a Vice President are not the best choice and could have better phrased, even to the military, after all it includes the entire world?

    by: Solaris
    March 07, 2016 10:47 AM
    The US will touch IS's heart, that's for sure.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 07, 2016 10:39 AM
    Remember in 2014 when vice-president Biden vowed the US would follow the ISIL beheaders to the gates of hell, [and now], in 2016 he vows the US will squeeze the life out of the ISIL terrorists, [but after all his speeches and vows), the Obama administration did nothing at all to fulfill his vows and threats or promises? .. All the terrorists worldwide have proven to be undefeatable under this Obama administration? .. [and now?] .. With the few months Obama and Biden have left in office, you know, their vows, threats and promises are empty words blowing in the wind?

    The Obama administration has no real-life plans whatsoever to defeat the ISIL terrorist army, and their anti-terrorist plan is a hoax, a joke, and a sham, and it'll never defeat any terrorist group (even the smallest) in a hundred lifetimes? .. Just more worthless vows, threats and promises? .. while the ISIL terrorists have become a real world power attacking countries all around the world?

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