Douglas makes surprise trip to Iraq


first_imgGovernor DouglasVisiting Troops Serving in War on Terror His visit to Iraq today included stops in several parts of thecountry—including a visit with the 172 Armor Battalion of the VermontNational Guard in Ramadi—meetings in other areas with more troops from Vermontand briefings by Gen. George Casey, the top U.S.commander in Iraq,and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. Governor Douglas has been in the Middle Eastsince Monday.  His first stop yesterday was at Camp Arifjan,Kuwait, where he had dinnerwith soldiers from Vermont. ### BAGHDAD, Iraq– Governor Jim Douglas is making a surprise visit to Vermont troops serving in the Global War on Terror thisweek beginning with visits to Kuwaitand Iraq.center_img “This is an important opportunity to meet with our troops and to communicateVermont’ssupport for them and the important work that they are doing to bring stabilityand security to this fledgling democracy.  It is also an excellent opportunityto hear from them, and see first-hand that they are properly equipped toachieve their mission.  I want them all to know that my administration will dowhatever it can to be sure they’re successful and return home to thehonor that they have earned,” Governor Douglas said.  The Governor’s trip began Sunday with classified briefings at thePentagon regarding the Global War on Terror, the efforts of al-Qaeda and areview of current intelligence from the region.  Governors Phil Bredesen (D – Tennessee), Kenny Guinn (R-Nevada)and Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) are also visiting the region.  Details of the restof the Governor’s trip will be released by the Governor’s office asconditions permit.  He is expected to return to Vermont Friday evening. Governoris currently in Iraqlast_img

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