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Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit

WorldNews Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visitPatrick Shanahan took over as US acting defence secretary last month following the resignation of Jim Mattis Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit Tuesday for talks on the sensitive issue of a continued troop presence following withdrawal from neighbouring Syria. Shanahan is keen to reassure Iraqi leaders after President Donald Trump angered many by saying he wanted to keep troops at the Al-Asad airbase, northwest of Baghdad, to keep an eye on Iran. The acting...
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The acting head of the U.S. Defense Department, Patrick Shanahan, made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday. Baghdad has found itself in a difficult position torn between two close allies: the United States and Iran. Rough cut (no reporter narration.)

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