This past Saturday, Vice President, Mike Pence, surprised U.S. soldiers in Iraq by greeting them for the Thanksgiving holidays. Along with the Vice President was Second Lady, Karen Pence. Due to security concerns, the visit was kept secret. Pence spoke over the phone with Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi. The Prime Minister did not accept an invitation to meet with Pence for security concerns. Despite this, Pence was able to meet with Kurdish leader, Nechirvan Barzani in Northern Iraq. The purpose of the conversation was to show U.S. appreciation for allies. In the conversation, Pence was asked if there was a sense of betrayal from the Kurds for the actions in Syria. Pence denied the confusion and went on to explain that the commitment to allies in Iraq and Syrian Defense Forces, the Kurdish forces, are unchanging.