By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
Because weather closed in on
, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen had to travel to his meeting with Maliki on a road that once was too dangerous for transit. Baghdad International Airport
Maliki is forming an Iraqi government after almost eight months of political maneuvering. The deadline for the formation of the government is Dec. 25. American officials have stressed their desire that the government be broadly based.
The chairman also will visit with American troops involved in the advise-and-assist effort in
. Almost 50,000 Iraq servicemembers are training the Iraqi military and police as part of Operation New Dawn. The Iraqi security forces are in the lead for security in the nation. U.S.
Mullen brought a USO troupe with him. Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Lance Armstrong,