Pence re­as­sures Kur­dish al­lies dur­ing sur­prise trip to Iraq

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

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

Nechir­van Barzani.

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.

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