Pence reassures Kurdish allies during surprise trip to Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq — Vice President Mike Pence worked to reassure the United States’ Kurdish allies in an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday, the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago.
Flying in a C-17 military cargo aircraft, Pence landed in Irbil, capital of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region, to meet with Iraqi Kurdistan President
The visit was meant to hearten the United States’ regional partners in the fight against Islamic State after the U.S. pulled troops from northern Syria.
Asked if the U.S. was facing a sense of betrayal from Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish allies, Pence said both groups, including Syrian Kurdish forces “who fought alongside us,” had no doubts about the U.S. commitment to them.