BAGHDAD (REUTERS) - Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan landed in Baghdad on Tuesday (Feb 12) for an unannounced trek that he said would underline the significance of Iraqi sway and suggest the issue of things to come of US troops there. 

The visit comes after President Donald Trump said for the current month that a US nearness was expected to watch Iran. 

In his first outing to Iraq, Shanahan is set to meet with Iraqi authorities, including Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. 

"We are in Iraq at the welcome of the legislature and our interests are to fabricate Iraqi security capacity," Shanahan told journalists going with him. 

"I need to hear direct from them about concerns, the political elements that they are confronting and after that dependent on that we will clearly consider that our arranging." 

Shanahan will likewise examine the withdrawal of US troops from Syria with US authorities. 

Trump caused outrage in Baghdad this month when he said it was imperative to keep a US military nearness in Iraq with the goal that Washington could watch out for Iran "since Iran is a genuine issue." 

Trump's remarks provoked practically widespread analysis from Iraq's pioneers, including from the president and executive, and brought up issues about the long haul nearness of US troops in the nation 16 years after the US-drove attack that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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