White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is traveling in Iraq with chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday.
The official did not disclose more details of the visit.
CNBC, however, reported that Kushner wanted to demonstrate support for the Iraqi government, which is battling Islamic State.
Among Kushner’s roles in the White House is advising on the Middle East. One of President Donald Trump’s promises during the election campaign was to defeat and destroy the extremist group, and he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month to discuss strategy.
Before Trump entered the White House, former President Barack Obama had already initiated a policy of aiding the Iraqi government with U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and military advisers.
With this support, Iraqi forces had already recaptured a number of major cities from ISIS, managed to cut off much of the group’s finances and stopped many of the foreign fighters who had previously been joining their ranks.
Kushner is married to Trump’s oldest daugher, Ivanka.
Source: newsmax – Official: Trump Senior Adviser Jared Kushner Travels to Iraq
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