Trump's son-in-law lands 16km from Mosul

President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner visited Iraq Monday with the top U.S. military officer to meet Iraqi leaders and review the fight against the Islamic State group, officials said.

Kushner was on the last day of a two-day trip to Iraq as the guest of Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Donald Trump's decision to send his son-in-law to Iraq raised eyebrows in the U.S. n Monday, with questions asked as to why Jared Kushner was touring the region even before the secretary of state. This appears to be the question du jour, though a spokesman for Dunford told The Times Kushner accompanied the general "to receive an update on the status of the counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria".

Standard practice is to keep news of high-level visits to combat zones secret until after officials arrive to prevent them from becoming targets, The New York Times explains. It's Kushner's first to Iraq, and his highest-profile global trip yet.

- Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) April 3, 2017Important note: Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, traveled to Iraq before Rex Tillerson-the nation's top diplomat.

They stopped briefly at Qayyara West Airfield, another key hub in the war, where US forces manning High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems fired twice at Islamic State targets in Mosul the night before.

His wife Ivanka, the 35-year-old first daughter, also plays a key role in advising the president. It could provide him a chance to boost his diplomatic credentials after ethics watchdogs criticized Trump for ignoring nepotism standards in appointing his son-in-law to a senior White House role.

Often, amid the warring factions that have plagued Trump's young presidency, Kushner finds himself in the role of therapist and mediator, gathering the feuding parties in his office to help forge consensus.

His visit marks an early foray for the Trump administration into the situation in Iraq and came just two weeks after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider 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 White House confirmed that he volunteered to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sen.

A member of President Trump's inner circle, Mr. Kushner has been named the administration's point man on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They discussed "the battle of Mosul and the global coalition's support for Iraq and the training and arming of Iraqi forces in addition to the (issue) of displaced people", Abadi's office said in a statement.

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