WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a trip to the Middle East on Wednesday, a fact-finding mission aimed at more closely evaluating both the ongoing political turmoil in Iraq as well as the continued fight with the Islamic State.
During her brief trip, she stopped in Kuwait for breakfast at Camp Arifjan with about 25 troops from a Reading-based unit of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and then traveled to Iraq, where she joined with Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican. The two senators toured a NATO operations center and visited a mosque in Mosul that was destroyed during the fighting with the Islamic State. They also met together with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.
“We discussed Iraq’s recent elections, our countries’ joint commitment to defeating ISIS and combatting terrorism in the region, and our shared desire to build a better life for the Iraqi people,’’ Warren wrote on Facebook of her meeting with al-Abadi. “Our military support played a significant role in enabling the Iraqi Security Forces to retake their country — but only the Iraqis can do the hard work needed to rebuild and prevent extremist threats from reemerging. They need the world’s support in this effort.’’