Gates Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2009 3:17 AM CDT
King Abdullah II of Jordan shakes hands with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Amman yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jordan Royal Palace, Yousef Allan)
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(Newser) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has landed in Iraq for a surprise visit, the AP reports. He'll meet with troops stationed at a command post in southern Iraq who are largely serving as advisers. He's also expected to see Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and visit the restive Kurdish region.