URGENT Acting Pentagon chief makes surprise Baghdad visit
Baghdad, Feb 12, 2019 (AFP) - 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
Shanahan, who flew in from Afghanistan on his foreign tour since taking
office last month, 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.