Trump visits troops in Iraq

Donald Trump visits US troops in Iraq for first trip to a conflict zone

Trump visits U.S. troops in Iraq, his first trip as president to a combat zone

Bina said Trump's visit "places many question marks on the nature of the USA military presence and its real objectives, and what these objectives could pose to the security of Iraq".

The statement added that during the call, Abdul Mahdi and Trump had discussed the developments in the region, especially in the light of the U.S. decision to pull out forces from Syria.

According to the US officials, a major consideration for USA military planners crafting the Syria withdrawal plan has been the protection of American forces as they execute the withdrawal.

President Donald Trump's Christmas trip to visit the troops in Iraq was one of the rare moments that we saw him step up to the mantle of the presidency and play the role of commander in chief.

US military members have gotten a pay raise every year for decades. But while addressing troops, Trump shared some inaccurate details about the raises they have been offered under his administration.

Not to be outdone, Newsweek reported that the White House allegedly revealed the deployment of a Navy SEAL team in Iraq by including footage of the president and First Lady Melania Trump posing with the team in a video posted on Twitter.

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During his three-plus hours on the ground, Trump did not meet with any Iraqi officials, but spoke on the phone with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi.

The report noted that other "special operations personnel and support troops" were featured in the video as well, though Newsweek did not reveal their names. That's down from about 170,000 in 2007 at the height of the surge of US forces to combat sectarian violence unleashed by the USA -led invasion to topple dictator Saddam Hussein. Among other examples, Trump in May 2017 famously revealed Israeli intelligence details in a private conversation with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. just hours after Trump had fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "First time in 10 years", he said.

Trump had faced scrutiny for putting off a visit to the troops.

Trump told troops in Iraq that his choice to pull out of Syria is part of his "America first" agenda.

He later added, "They had plenty of people that came up, they said, 'You know, we could make it smaller". The Pentagon is also said to be developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops still serving in Afghanistan.

Gallup's annual poll, conducted December 3-12 among 1,025 United States adults, asks respondents what man or woman, living today in any part of the world, they admire most. "The government has a duty to expel USA troops as a violation of the country's sovereignty", Hashim al-Mousawi, a spokesman for the Nujaba group, told Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television channel, Iran's state-run Press TV also notes.

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