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Nixon in Iraq Visiting Troops

Jay Nixon Iraq

Governor Jay Nixon is in Iraq with four other governors visiting troops in Baghdad. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

After meeting with injured troops at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C., the governor left Andrews Air Force Base for Baghdad Tuesday.

According to a release from the governor’s office, Nixon is in Iraq with the governors of Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Dakota.

The purpose of the trip is to learn more about America’s role in Iraq, and to boost morale of Missouri troops stationed there.

Nixon is missing out on Missouri’s excessive humidity. But according to the forecasting site www.Weather.com, Baghdad experienced a sandstorm Wednesday, and will reach a high of 115 degrees Thursday…that’s without the heat index.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.

ANCHOR TAG:This is Nixon’s second trip to Iraq. Both trips were paid for by the US Department of Defense.

Gov. Jay Nixon visits with a soldier during a demonstration of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection (MRAP) vehicle in Iraq. (Photo provided by Nixon's Office) Governor Jay Nixon in the Al Faw Palace in Baghdad. From left: Nixon; Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota; Gov. Jim Douglas of Vermont; Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota; Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; and Gen. Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. (Photo provided by Nixon's Office)