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Bush Makes Surprise Iraq Visit; at Anbar Base
Air Force One Touches Down at al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Province
09/03/2007 08:15 AM ET
President Bush greets troops with Regimental Combat Team 2/Marine Wing Support Squadron Combat Patrol at Al-Asad Air Base.
Photo by Jim Watson/AFP-Getty Images
President Bush greets troops with Regimental Combat Team 2/Marine Wing Support Squadron Combat Patrol at Al-Asad Air Base.

President Bush arrived in Iraq today on a surprise visit taking him to al-Asad Air Base in the mainly Sunni Anbar province.

The president will meet U.S. military commanders, the U.S. ambassador, and Iraqi leaders.

Bush was accompanied by Secretary of State Rice and other top deputies, and Defense Secretary Gates arrived in Iraq just ahead of the president.

President George Bush speaks with with General David Petraeus (3rd-L) as US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Croker (R), US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2nd-R) and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (3rd-R) look on upon arrival at Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar
Photo by Jim Watson/AFP-Getty Images
President George Bush speaks with with General David Petraeus (3rd-L) as US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Croker (R), US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2nd-R) and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (3rd-R) look on upon arrival at Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar

The Anbar province was chosen for the Bush visit to highlight progress made there in recent months. Al-Asad Air Base is 117 miles west northwest of the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Bush stopped in Iraq en route to the Australia, where he will attend an economic summit.

Concidentally -- or perhaps not -- during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Australian special forces captured the al-Asad Air Base.

Bush's previous Iraq visits came in June 2006 and November 2003.


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