Iraqi state TV has reported that the vice president is in Iraq for a surprise Thanksgiving visit with the troops, but the U.S. embassy and the Pentagon deny the claim.


Mr. Cheney’s visit was reported on Iraqi state TV, but neither the U.S. embassy nor the U.S. military could confirm it.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Cheney said she was not aware of any plans for him to travel there later on Thursday.

U.S. President George W. Bush and Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki are due to meet in Jordan next week to discuss Iraqi security.

U.S. military authorities have reported that three Marines were killed in the western province of Anbar on Wednesday.


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