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Trump visits troops in Iraq

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Trump had previously faced criticism for not visiting troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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After a secret overnight flight from Washington, the President and Melania Trump touched down onto a darkened air strip at Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, the dicey security situation still restricting Trump to a clandestine visit more than 15 years after the American invasion.

President Donald Trump, who is visiting Iraq, says he has "no plans at all" to remove US troops from the country.

Trump told reporters he had overruled generals asking to extend the Syria deployment, where about 2,000 USA forces joined by other foreign troops, assist local fighters battling the Islamic State group (IS).

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Mieke Eoyang, Vice President of Third Way National Security, made the remarks moments after news broke that the president and first lady made the trip.

Some of the troops even showed up prepared to meet Trump, as they brought their red "Make America Great Again" hats in hopes to have them signed by the president.

In a statement issued following Trump's appearance, Abdul-Mahdi said his office had been informed of the president's desire to arrange a visit, which was supposed to include a formal meeting between the two leaders. Former President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush had made numerous trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq's Shia militias, also known as the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation), many of which are supported by Iran, oppose the presence of U.S. troops in the region.

Trump said in the country on Wednesday he had no plans to pull troops from Iraq, suggesting the country could be used as a base for potential future missions in Syria. Trump, said he has "no plans at all" to remove United States troops from the country.

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Two of Trump's recent predecessors visited Iraq early in their terms.

Iraq declared IS defeated within its borders in December 2017, but Trump's trip was shrouded in secrecy, which has been standard practice for presidents flying into conflict areas.

The video with the SEALs faces is available on Trump's Twitter, but Raw Story has chosen not to run it to protect their identities.

Mattis was supposed to continue leading the Pentagon until late February but Trump moved up his exit and announced that Patrick Shanahan, deputy defense secretary, would take the job on January 1 and he was in "no rush" to nominate a new defense chief.

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