Trump's son-in-law tours Iraq
Jared kushner, president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser visit to the Iraq left a lot of people in the US wandering on why the president's son-in-law was visiting before the appointed US secretary general of state to Iraq.
Mr Kushner, the 36-year-old husband of Ivanka Trump, arrived in Iraq on Sunday on a surprise visit to review the ongoing fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
Mr Kushner, accompanying General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with US, coalition and Iraqi officials in Baghdad.
For Kushner, who has not been to Iraq before, the trip comes at a critical time as Trump examines ways to accelerate a U.S.-led coalition campaign that U.S. and Iraqi officials say has so far been largely successful in uprooting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
The visit appears to demonstrate the far-reaching portfolio of Kushner, who is part of Trump's innermost circle and who has been given a wide range of domestic and foreign policy responsibilities, including working on a Middle East peace deal.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he invited Kushner and Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, to accompany him so they could hear "first-hand and unfiltered" from military advisers about the situation on the ground and interact with U.S. forces.
After arriving, Kushner joined Dunford for meetings with the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad and the senior American commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend.
Dunford's delegation also met Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose office said their talks focused on the ongoing battle to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State and U.S.-led coalition assistance, including aiding civilians displaced by the fighting.
"The delegation affirmed its support to Iraq in the war on terror," Abadi's office said in a statement.