The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government's push for an American troop withdrawal.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie became the most senior U.S. military official to visit since an American drone strike in Baghdad last month killed a top Iranian general, enraging the Iraqis.
He met with Iraq leaders in Baghdad and then went to see American troops at al-Asad Air base, which was bombed by Iran last month in retaliation for the drone attack. Later, he said he was ＇heartened＇ by the meetings, adding, ＇I think we're going to be able to find a way forward.＇
An aircraft without a human pilot on board.
An explosive weapon to provide an extremely sudden and violent release of energy.
So far, the fighter jets flying from the carrier off the coast of Oman haven't dropped any bombs.