Chancellor Gordon Brown has made his first visit to Iraq, where he addressed members of the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment in Basra.
Mr Brown flew in from Kuwait, arriving at Basra air station in an RAF Merlin helicopter.
The chancellor praised the regiment - known as the Tigers - as "proud and courageous".
He used the visit to announce an extra £100m ($188m) over three years to help rebuild Iraq's economy.
During his visit, which had been kept a secret, Mr Brown took the time to meet individual soldiers as well as government ministers.