The Associated Press reports Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Iraq on Thursday, described progress toward defeating the Islamic State group as "serious" and "committed" despite a crippling political crisis that threatens those gains. Biden met separately with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri. He told reporters that he and the speaker would discuss progress against Daesh, an Arabic acronym for IS. "It's real. It's serious. And it's committed," Biden said before his private talks with al-Jabouri Biden is on his first trip to Iraq since 2011. His first stop was to meet with al-Abadi at the late Iraqi leader. The White House didn't disclose the rest of Biden's itinerary, but said he would meet with other Iraqi leaders to stress national unity and discuss the campaign against IS extremists. Biden also met with U.S. personnel in Iraq.