Trump Senior Adviser Kushner Travels to Iraq

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday.

The 36-year-old Jared Kushner and his first trip to the risky Iraq come at a critical time as Trump examines ways to accelerate a US-led coalition campaign that U.S. and Iraqi officials say has so far been largely successful in uprooting jihadists in the Middle east, including the war-torn Syria and Iraq.

Dunford says he invited both Kushner and White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert.

"We thought discussing our nation's founding values and freedom for Americans of all faiths was the responsible thing to do before Mr. Trump came to power", Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera, who was in the meeting, told BuzzFeed.

For Kushner, who has not been to Iraq before, the trip comes at a critical time as Trump examines ways to accelerate a USA -led coalition campaign that US and Iraqi officials say has so far been largely successful in uprooting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

And though Kushner had no previous diplomatic or government experience, Trump tasked him with trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Kushner also has been tapped to lead a new White House office that would streamline the government, using ideas borrowed from the business world.

Kushner is married to Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka.

"Mr Bossert is travelling in his role as assistant to the president and will participate in meetings and briefings to reinforce the strong US-Iraqi partnership to defeat ISIS", he added.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently presented Trump with the outlines of a comprehensive approach to defeating IS and other extremist groups on a global scale, but specifics have yet to be worked out.

Iraq was part of the Trump administration's original travel ban but was removed from the revised version after a request from the Pentagon and the State Department highlighting Iraq's key role in fighting the Islamic State.

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.

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