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

The decision to pull US forces from Syria, however, stunned national security advisers and USA allies and prompted the resignations of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who was not on the trip, and the US envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic extremist group. "First time in 10 years", he said. We are spread out all over the world.

The US military presence in Iraq also aids "Israel's desire to block the Tehran-Beirut route" and helps offset Iran's strengthening presence in the region, he said. The 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria could return home because of military gains against ISIS, he said.

The Syria decision triggered the resignations of defence secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the special envoy to the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State, whose defeat President Trump has cited as his reason for pulling out of Syria.

The way in which Trump visited was "not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states", Abadi said.

Trump posed for a selfie with Navy Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five, based out of Coronado, California, the report said.

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More than 5,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq to train and advise local forces, who are fighting what remains of IS following a string a victories a year ago. We've knocked them silly, ' he said. "We could use this as a base if we wanted to do something in Syria", the President said.

Mr Trump has repeatedly railed against the majority of the 28 other members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for failing to spend a minimum of 2% of national income on defence.

President Donald Trump kisses first lady Melania Trump during a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

Trump's decision to go to Iraq the day after Christmas is part of an attempt to change the narrative after being slammed for his reversal of Syrian policy and accusations that he made the decision without consulting the Pentagon or State Department. But his disgraceful handling of the whole affair did America such a disservice that there was little point in him even trying.

The president and his entourage then headed back to the US.

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President Trump was due to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi during the trip but the talks were cancelled over what Mr Mahdi's office called "disagreements" over organisation. To rounds of applause he said that the United States was fighting in areas it shouldn't be fighting and spending billions on 19 years of war, a reference to the long war since 9/11.

"The American leadership was defeated in Iraq and wants to return again under any pretext, and this is what we will never allow", explained Iraqi politician Falih Khazali.

Trump has argued that the U.S. now no longer needs to be present in Syria as the ISIS terror group has been defeated.

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Trump had faced criticism for not yet visiting U.S. troops stationed in harm's way as he comes up on his two-year mark in office.

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