Appearing Pentagon Chief Visits Baghdad to ‘Hear Firsthand’ Iraqi Leaders’ Issues

Appearing U.S. protection chief Pat Shanahan visited Iraq on Tuesday to speak together with his commanders and the nation’s leaders in regards to the U.S. army’s presence there.

There are about 5,200 U.S. troops at the moment in Iraq on a mission to advise and practice Iraqi safety forces. Since 2014, there has additionally been a serious deal with defeating the Islamic State group, which at one level held giant areas of northern and western Iraq earlier than Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes reclaimed management.

“What’s necessary to remind everybody … or possibly simply to reiterate is that we’re in Iraq on the invitation of the federal government, and our pursuits are to construct Iraqi safety functionality,” Shanahan instructed reporters touring with him. “I needed to listen to firsthand from them about their considerations, the political dynamics that they are going through after which, based mostly on that, we’ll clearly issue that into our planning.”

President Donald Trump drew ire from Iraqi leaders earlier this month by saying it was necessary for U.S. troops to be in Iraq so as to monitor neighboring Iran.

Shanahan is about to participate in a gathering of NATO protection ministers this week in Brussels, and earlier than going to Iraq made a cease in Afghanistan.