Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour

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Thousands of security personnel deployed to protect 84-year-old on first trip outside Italy since 2019

Pope Francis has landed in Baghdad for his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012, saying he felt duty-bound to make the “emblematic” visit because Iraq had suffered so much for so long.

An Alitalia plane carrying him, his entourage, a security detail, and about 75 journalists, touched down at Baghdad International airport slightly ahead of schedule just before 2pm local time.

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