July 28th, 2009
08:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Gates arrives in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday arrived in Iraq, where he will meet with the country's prime minister, Nuri al Maliki, and get a first-hand look at the American military's new role of supporting Iraqi forces.

U.S. troops have handed over control of key cities and towns to Iraqi security forces and are scheduled to completely pull out of the country by 2011.

Gates arrived at a U.S. base in southern Iraq on an unannounced visit. On Monday, Gates was in Israel and Jordan.

The defense secretary's visit to the region is part of a busy week of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

George Mitchell, Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, also held meetings with top officials, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

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  1. Sniffit

    What I want to see is a GOPer posting something about Gates traveling to Iraq and meeting with Maliki being a "road trip" and "why isn't he in Washington doing his job?" or some such other nonsense they like to try to claim when Obama does his job meeting with foreign leaders on their own soil. Where is it GOPers? Aren't you going to let Gates have it for his irresponsible traveling?

    July 28, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Secretary Gates is doing a wonderful job. This is one thing that I can say Bush got right. I wonder why he didn't appoint Gates initially instead of Rummy.

    July 28, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. jaye

    End this war are bring our toops home – spend that money on healthcare instead.
    No more wars based on lies!!!

    July 28, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Go ladies

    After listening to recent gaffes by Obama and Biden...

    These guys are making Palin sound intelligent.

    I say vote for Hillary or Sarah in 2012!!!

    Admit it folks.. Obama was a mistake.

    July 28, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Sandra Day

    Any minute now, the Republican "Birthers" will come out and proclaim that Gates is not a U.S. citizen either.

    July 28, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Obama 2.0

    Gates is de Man!

    July 28, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Tatianna

    Now that Obama is CIC and POTUS, has he declared Iraq war a victory or defeat? Tempting to believe he will withdraw all US military presence from Iraq by 2011. Our history reveals decades and centuries of US continued presense on foreign soil of countries we helped in war or went to war against. Obama has said he will leave some residual troops in Iraq, but he didnt state the reason, how long, and how many.

    July 28, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. busy week of U.S. diplomacy

    how about you make it less busy and just bring the boys home

    enough, we were lied to get us there, bring them home

    July 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. tom

    How can I take anything CNN says seriously when Lou Dobbs is a birther

    July 28, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |