( CNN) As Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, descended into Baghdad on Monday, the highest-profile passenger aboard his military aircraft was neither a seasoned Iraq hand nor even someone who’d visited the country before.

It was Jared Kushner, the 36 -year-old commercial real estate tycoon, whose wedlock to President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced envoy into the center of US foreign relations — and seemingly every top issue facing the administration.

Kushner was visiting Iraq at Dunford’s invitation to receive briefings on the military campaign against ISIS, and planned to meet with US and Iraqi officials. Iraq is now the most recent portfolio handed to Kushner, whose role as Trump’s senior adviser appears to be growing by the day, and whose influence over his father-in-law now extends into nearly every area of government.

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Feb 2, 2017 at 4:30 am PST