mission_accomplished.jpgA day after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told troops in Iraq they were in the "endgame" of their mission, President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq.

Bush is making the trip to celebrate new security agreements with Iraq, thank U.S. troops and meet with Iraqi leaders, the White House said as the president landed in Baghdad after a 10 1/2 hour flight. 

The President is expected to meet with President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, as well as other top leaders of Iraq and the US military. 

The visit to Iraq will be a short one, only a few hours on the ground.

High levels of security are in place for the visit and although the situation in the country has improved over recent months, it is still considered an extremely dangerous place for Mr Bush to go.