Washington unveils goal of US defense secretary's visit to Baghdad
2/12/2019


(International: Al Furat News) US Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for an undeclared visit.


The US State Department said the visit "aims to emphasize the importance of Iraq's sovereignty and discuss the future of US forces there."

The visit comes after US President Donald Trump said this month that the US presence was needed to monitor Iran.

On his first visit to Iraq, Chanahan planned to discuss the withdrawal of US troops from Syria with US commanders and meet with Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

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