Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions got a firsthand look at the now-sovereign country of Iraq, making him one of the first American government representatives to see the country since the United States handed over power earlier this week.
It had been assumed that Sessions, who left for the Middle East on Sunday, wouldn't be allowed to enter the country because of security concerns surrounding the handover. But he was joined by fellow Senators Don Nickles of Oklahoma and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
The lawmakers did not see the official changing of the guard between the two countries, but they did see Army General George Casey take over as commander for all U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.
Sessions says he was impressed by how smoothly all the changes seemed to occur. In an interview from Pakistan, he said -- quote -- "it was a very special day and a very special week that occurred."
The Senate delegation is checking on training and equipment for soldiers stationed in Iraq. Sessions will also visit Afghanistan to assess the situation there.
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