Trump's senior adviser Kushner meets Iraqi PM

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, arrives at the Ministry of Defense, in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 3, 2017.

Dunford said he invited Kushner and Tom Bossert, White House homeland security adviser, to accompany him so they could hear "first-hand and unfiltered" from military advisers about the situation on the ground and interact with U.S. forces. Speaking anonymously, the executive said that Kouchner wanted to see Iraq with his own eyes and expressed its support for the Iraqi government. The official isn't authorised to speak about confidential meetings by name and demanded anonymity.

This gesture comes days after USA -backed Iraqi troops suffered devastating losses in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul.

Iraqi forces have been engaged in a grinding battle for west Mosul since last month, fighting that has pushed more than 200,000 civilians to flee. They will be meeting with Iraqi, American and coalition officials.

Kushner, like his father-in-law, has no previous experience in government but has risen stratospherically to become one of the most powerful men in Washington.

During the discussion, Kushner reportedly asked those in the room for ideas to improve the relationship between the president and the Muslim community. He has been given a wide range of domestic- and foreign-policy duties, including working on a Middle East peace deal.

The report cited Kushner's marriage to Trump's daughter and fellow adviser, Ivanka, and the fact that Xi himself is technically a princeling since his father, Xi Zhongxun, played a critical role in China's Communist revolution.

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But unlike past occurrences, Trump left the White House in broad daylight in Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House, taking off in full view of pedestrians.

His visit came just two weeks after al-Abadi said he was assured by the president the USA will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

"The Iraqis are looking to make some adaptations", he told reporters after the talks, which included meetings on Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad.

Trump campaigned on defeating Islamic State but has yet to announce any dramatic shift in war strategy.

Weeks later, however, Trump drew the ire of Muslims at home and overseas by signing his first travel order that temporarily stopped immigration from several countries with a terror presence - countries that also happened to have large Muslim populations. The U.S. military is determined to help, ordering 275 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division to deploy to Mosul, according to NBC News.

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