7 April 2009

Obama makes surprise visit to Iraq

President Obama has made a surprise visit to Baghdad, in what is his first trip to Iraq since taking office.

Air Force One landed in the capital city of Baghdad about 4:42 p.m. local time.

The White House has said Obama would meet US commanders and troops, and speak to Iraqi leaders by telephone. He would call the Iraqi leaders because bad weather prevented helicopter travel to see them in person, the White House said.

Obama's surprise stop in Iraq comes at the conclusion of his first overseas trip as president.

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