US Defence Secretary makes unannounced visit to Iraqi capital of Baghdad amid Syria Pullout

  23 October 2019    Read: 1316
US Defence Secretary makes unannounced visit to Iraqi capital of Baghdad amid Syria Pullout

Pentagon Chief Mark Esper has been paying unofficial visits to Middle Eastern countries since 18 October. He will reportedly get updates on the current operations in the region and then will head to the NATO ministry in Brussels where he will meet with his Turkish counterparts and discuss the campaign to defeat the Daesh* terrorist group.

US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper has arrived in Baghdad for meetings with his Iraqi counterpart and the prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to discuss matters of mutual concern in the region, Reuters reported.

The counterparts will also reportedly discuss the partial withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the role Iraq will play in it.

Esper earlier stated that around 1,000 US soldiers, withdrawn from Syria after the beginning of Turkey's offensive there, would head for western Iraq.


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