BAGHDAD: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Monday for an unannounced visit.
Mattis’ visit to Iraq is the first of its kind since his appointment one month ago by U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Mattis arrived in Baghdad from the United Arab Emirates,” an Iraqi Defense Ministry source confirmed to Anadolu Agency.
“He is scheduled to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his Iraqi counterpart, Irfan al-Hayali,” the source, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media, said.
The source added that Mattis planned to discuss several issues with Iraqi officials, including the ongoing fight against Islamic State and “a new U.S. plan to eliminate the terrorist group”
Source: News Now/The Peninsula Online