US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for an unannounced visit to Iraq.

He issued a statement saying he was there to “affirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq as we move toward a more secure, stable and sovereign Iraq.”

General Milley and Secretary of State Austin testify before the House Armed Services Committee
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in September 2021.

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Austin is the highest-ranking Cabinet official to visit Iraq since the start of the Biden administration.

The stop was kept secret until he landed for security reasons.

Austin is in the midst of a multinational visit to the region.

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