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On his Mideast trip, Pompeo makes unannounced Iraq stop

Jan 09, 2019 - Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq on Wednesday in an unannounced stop on his Mideast tour meant to promote the White House's hard-line position on Iran.

The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting statements by President Donald Trump and senior U.S. officials about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, where Iran is backing President Bashar Assad in that country's lengthy civil war.

Pompeo, addressing reporters, said he told Iraqi officials that...