March 14, 2005
Virginia Governor in Iraq for troop visit
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and three other governors are in Iraq, part of a week-long trip to visit active duty soldiers and members of the Army and Air National Guards serving in war zones, according to Virginia state officials.
Kaine and the other state leaders left the United States in secret on Sunday evening, flying from Andrews Air Force Base to a refueling stop in Ireland before landing in Kuwait. From there, the group headed to Baghdad, where they met with the U.S. ambassador and troops from their states.
Also on the trip are Govs. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.), James Douglas (R-Vt.) and Kenny Guinn (R-Nev.). They are among dozens of governors and members of Congress who have visited Iraq since the U.S. invasion three years ago.
Word of the trip was kept secret until their arrival for security reasons, according to Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall. Kaine is not scheduled to return home until Friday, but Hall said he could not provide details about other stops on the trip because of security concerns.
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