Pence makes surprise visit to troops in Iraq but snubs leaders

US Vice-President Mike Pence flew to Iraq today to meet American troops stationed in the country’s western desert, a security source told AFP, but will not meet the country’s leaders.

Pence’s unannounced landing at Ain al-Asad base – his first visit to Iraq as vice president – came nearly a year after President Donald Trump made his own surprise trip to the sprawling complex.