Obama says he and Maliki discussed how to 'push back' Al-Qaeda

US President Barack Obama said Friday that he had discussed how to work with Iraq to "push back" a surge in sectarian violence whipped up by Al-Qaeda.

Obama noted that the group was increasingly active in the country, and said he and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki discussed a common response, and also said Washington wanted to help build an Iraq that was "inclusive" and "democratic"