Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq, for the second time in less than a month.
He arrived with no advance public announcement in the southern city of Basra this morning to talk to allied military commanders, including the British. Britain has some seven-thousand soldiers in the Basra area but plans to send a lot of them home this year.
Gates also is meeting with commanders from Poland, Australia, Denmark and Romania. And he'll have lunch with coalition troops who are training Iraqi soldiers to take over their own country's security.
The defense chief's weeklong overseas trip also has included a visit to Afghanistan.