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US Secretary of State Clinton visits Iraq

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday, just nine weeks before US troops are due to withdraw from Iraqi cities and major towns.

world Updated: Apr 25, 2009 11:18 IST

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Saturday, just nine weeks before US troops are due to withdraw from Iraqi cities and major towns.

Clinton landed in Baghdad around 8.30 am (0530 GMT) and said she would be analysing the security situation after a wave of violence that has killed more than 250 people this month.

"I will be meeting of course with General Ray Odierno and I want to hear first hand his assessment," Clinton said, referring to the senior US army officer in Iraq and noting the deadly suicide attacks on Thursday and Friday.

"I want his evaluation of what these kinds of rejectionist efforts mean and what can be done to prevent them by both the Iraqi government and the US forces," she told reporters travelling with her.