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The US State Department said US Defense Secretary Patrick Chanahan’s visit was aimed at emphasizing the importance of Iraq’s sovereignty and discussing the future of US troops there.
The visit came as a surprise 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. According to Reuters.