Pence reassures Kurdish allies in surprise Iraq trip

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 23rd, 2019 2:29 pm

Vice President Pence made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Saturday in an effort to soothe and reassure United States' Kurdish allies after the U.S. pulled troops from northern Syria two months ago.

The trip was the highest-level American trip since President Trump pulled the troops, leaving Kurdish allies to face an assault from the Turkish forces.

This trip was Pence's second in five weeks to the region. He visited the area last month as part of cease-fire negotiations.

Pence said he welcomes "the opportunity on behalf of President Donald Trump to reiterate the strong bonds forged in the fires of war between the people of the United States and the Kurdish people across this region."

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