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Tue May 7, 2019, 06:09 PM

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Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq to discuss tensions with Iran

(CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday after abruptly canceling a planned trip to Berlin amid escalating tensions with Iran.

The top US diplomat met with Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi and President Barham Salih while on the ground in the Iraqi capital in a roughly four-hour visit, according to the pool traveling with Pompeo.

US officials have told CNN the US had "specific and credible" intelligence that suggested Iranian forces and proxies were planning to target US forces in locations including Iraq. That intelligence led the Pentagon to recommend a carrier strike group be moved to the region.

In remarks to the pool en route to Baghdad, Pompeo said he wanted to go "to speak with the leadership there, to assure them that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq is a sovereign, independent nation."


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