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Iraqi state TV: Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff in Baghdad amid IS airstrike campaign

  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, while testifying before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, while testifying before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (The Associated Press)

  • This handout photo provided the U.S. Department of Defense shows U.S. chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, being greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones as he arrives at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Nov. 15, 2014. America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. Dempsey later flew to Irbil, capital of Iraq's largely autonomous northern Kurdish region. (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, DOD)

    This handout photo provided the U.S. Department of Defense shows U.S. chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, being greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart E. Jones as he arrives at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Nov. 15, 2014. America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. Dempsey later flew to Irbil, capital of Iraq's largely autonomous northern Kurdish region. (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, DOD)  (The Associated Press)

  • This handout photo provided the U.S. Department of Defense shows U.S. chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, third right, meeting his Iraqi counterpart Shawkat B. Zebari, left, with their delegations, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Nov. 15, 2014. America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. Dempsey later flew to Irbil, capital of Iraq's largely autonomous northern Kurdish region.  (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, DOD)

    This handout photo provided the U.S. Department of Defense shows U.S. chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, third right, meeting his Iraqi counterpart Shawkat B. Zebari, left, with their delegations, in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday. Nov. 15, 2014. America's top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a previously unannounced visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group. Dempsey later flew to Irbil, capital of Iraq's largely autonomous northern Kurdish region. (AP Photo/D. Myles Cullen, DOD)  (The Associated Press)

Iraqi state television says the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, has arrived in Baghdad, his first visit to Iraq since a U.S.-led coalition began a campaign of airstrikes targeting the extremist Islamic State group.

Dempsey, a veteran of the Iraq war, arrived Saturday on a previously unannounced visit.

His trip comes two days after he told Congress that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants who control about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria.