Pentagon chief visits Iraq amid U.S. pullout from Syria

by Reuters
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 05:24 GMT

BAGHDAD, Oct 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, amid questions about how long U.S. troops withdrawing from northeast Syria will stay in Iraq.

Esper is expected to meet his Iraqi counterpart as well as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and discuss the U.S. troop drawdown from Syria and the role Iraq will play in it.

His trip also follows Ankara and Moscow agreeing on Tuesday that Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey. (Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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