U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says ''irony of all ironies'' in fight against Islamic State in Iraq is that ''it actually united Iraqis.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Islamic State brought Iraqi leaders together in a common fight since the militant group declared a "caliphate" in northern Iraq last summer, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday. Biden gave an upbeat assessment of Iraq's progress against the Sunni group in an address to the National Defense University before a White House meeting next week between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. Biden praised Iraqi leaders from Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish groups for pulling together to form an inclusive government, agree to a oil revenue sharing plan and mobilize thousands of Sunni fighters to go to battle against Islamic State. He said Iraqi government forces have made significant gains on the battlefield, with help from the U.S.-led coalition air strikes.