US VP Dick Cheney makes unannounced visit to Iraq

US Vice President Dick Cheney sought to encourage reconciliation among rival Iraqi factions on Wednesday in an unannounced visit to Baghdad, emphasizing that the current US military buildup alone is not end the conflict. Cheney made Iraq the first stop of a weeklong trip to the Middle East aimed at redoubling efforts to end divisive infighting among Iraq's ethnic factions. He got a firsthand briefing on conditions from Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, and the new US ambassador here, Ryan Crocker.