US Defence Seretary arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

Published February 20th, 2017 - 01:00 GMT
Donald Trump poses for a photo with retired general James Mattis and vice-president-elect Mike Pence. (AFP/File)
Donald Trump poses for a photo with retired general James Mattis and vice-president-elect Mike Pence. (AFP/File)

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Monday on an unannounced official visit, state television Al-Iraqiya reported.

His surprise visit comes one day after US-backed Iraqi forces began their offensive to dislodge the extremist Daesh militia from the western part of the city of Mosul, its last key stronghold in the country.


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