President Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad

By Caitlin Taylor

Apr 7, 2009 12:00pm

At 4:42 pm Iraq time, Air Force One touched down at Baghdad International Airport.

The purpose of the surprise visit: to meet with U.S. commanders and consult with Iraqi officials. The president said there has been "significant political progress," in Iraq but noted there is still "a lot of work to be done."

During the president’s stopover he also spoke to about 700 U.S. service members, including Vice President Biden’s son Beau, at Camp Victory, the sprawling American camping that is a short car drive from Baghdad airport.

A trip to Baghdad’s Green Zone to meet with the Iraqi leadership was canceled because of poor weather conditions in Baghdad. Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani at Camp Victory instead.

White House officials say this is not due to security issues but because poor visibility made it difficult for a helicopter flight to the capital’s Green Zone.

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- jpt

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