Bush holds talks with Prime minister during surprise visit to Baghdad

Bush holds talks with Prime minister during surprise visit to Baghdad
Bush holds talks with Prime minister during surprise visit to Baghdad

It was a dramatic move by Bush, traveling to violence-rattled Baghdad less than a week after the death of terror chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a bombing attack. The president was expected to be in Baghdad a little more than five hours.

Bush met with al-Maliki in heavily fortified green zone at a palace once used by deposed President Saddam Hussein. It now serves temporarily as the U.S. Embassy, the AP reports.

The trip was known only to a handful of aides and a small number of reporters sworn to secrecy because of obvious security threats for Bush and members of his entourage.