Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq on Saturday to reassure Iraqi Kurds of U.S. support after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there.
Pence’s trip, which included a visit with Nechirvan Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan region in Iraq, and a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, also served to bolster U.S. troops ahead of next Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
“At every Thanksgiving table, the American people are going to be thankful for every one of the men & women who serve in the armed forces of the United States” pic.twitter.com/ucYO4g0M8J
— Elma Aksalic (@ElmaAksalic) November 23, 2019
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence help serve a Thanksgiving meal to U.S. troops in a dining facility at Camp Flores on the Al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Saturday, November 23. https://t.co/VgTRmjcyvy pic.twitter.com/H6Hmq8dcsz
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) November 23, 2019