Mike Pence makes surprise visit to Iraq as deadly violence continues

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US Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday, as the deadly clashes that have seen the deaths of at least 341 protesters continued to rage.

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The U.S. wants Iraq to show restraint as widespread anti-corruption protests in the country have killed more than 320 people in the past two months.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke by phone to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi from Al-Asad Air Base on an unannounced trip to the region.

Pence expressed support for a free, sovereign and independent Iraq — a subtle warning against Iranian influence in the country, which has weakened cooperation between the U.S. and Iraq.

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