- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) — Four mortar shells have been fired into the Green Zone as Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Baghdad.

The shells were heard as they were fired from across the river on the east bank of the Tigris and at least one explosion could be heard. There was no immediate word on any casualties or damage in the Green Zone or in any other areas of the capital.

Warning sirens sounded in the protected zone, which is home to government offices, the U.S. and British embassies and parliament.

Biden arrived in Iraq earlier Tuesday on a mission to show the White House remains focused on the Iraq war despite military pullbacks and increased attention on Afghanistan.

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