Trump acknowledges security concerns over Iraq visit

President Trump,Iraq visit,Syria withdrawal

President Trump,Iraq visit,Syria withdrawal

It was fleeting and minus his defence secretary, but at least Donald Trump has finally visited USA troops in a conflict zone for the first time as president.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on December 26, 2018.

However, Obama met with Iraq's leader at the time, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, at Camp Victory while he was in Iraq.

'We're no longer the suckers, folks, ' the president said of the decision to start packing up. "We're respected again as a nation".

Sabah al Saadi, the leader of the Islah parliamentary bloc, called for an emergency session of parliament "to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits: The US occupation of Iraq is over". IS has lost a significant amount of territory in Iraq and Syria but is still seen as a threat.

The hats and the MAGA slogan are symbols of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Wikileaks, founded by Australian Julian Assange, also jumped on the plane's trail, tweeting at 7.55am that "the Boeing 747 usually used by Trump for Air Force One is now moving towards Turkey".

The airbase where Trump spoke is about 155 miles (250 km) from Hajin, a Syrian town near the Iraqi border where Kurdish fighters are still battling IS extremists.

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

Soon, the very same Malcolm Nance who complained about Trump supposedly doxxing the SEALs in Iraq now demanded a House investigation into the troops in Germany. "And also, by the way, everybody and her aunt, just so I won't be criticized". This is no surprising as numerous pro-Iranian parties and groups have opposed the U.S. presence in Iraq, only asking for help against Islamic State, but not wanting a real American involvement.

While highlighting the military and financial roles he said Turkey and Saudi Arabia had agreed to play in Syria, Trump also told journalists that "we may go back and help".

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It was set to Lee Greenwood's God Bless the US, a song that the President frequently plays at his campaign rallies.

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

Trump said in Iraq that some of the U.S. troops from Syria "will come here for a stay, but a lot of them are going to be going back home".

Khazali was jailed by British and USA forces from 2007 to 2010 for managing sections of the Shia insurgency against the occupation during those years.

Now comes word from Reuters that Iraqi leaders, lawmakers and citizens are angry over the fact that Trump visited their country.

During the call, Trump invited Abdul Mahdi to visit Washington and he accepted, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

He had previously said that USA forces could use Iraq as a staging ground for targeted forays across the border into Syria. He also said the U.S. would stay in Iraq to prevent an ISIS resurgence and to keep an eye on Iran.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. Trump noted the USA initially getting involved in Syria for "three to four months", which appeared to be a reference to the U.S. supporting the Syrian rebels against Bashar al-Assad's regime in 2011.

Abdul Mahdi's office said in a statement that USA authorities had informed Iraq's leadership of the president's visit ahead of time. He told The Associated Press in October that he "will do that at some point, but I don't think it's overly necessary". On the one hand, he still wants to demonstrate the intention to abandon the role of global policeman with the subsequent mission where American blood is spilt for the sake of a country, about which a lot of them can't find on a map. In addition, according to news reports, the president is expected to withdraw 7,000 of the 14,000 USA troops in Afghanistan. The strike destroyed the tunnel entrance and killed four IS fighters, according to the USA military in Baghdad. As well, several in the last 10 years have been larger than service members are getting now - 2.4 per cent this year and 2.6 per cent in 2019.

Trump had planned to spend Christmas at his private club in Florida, but stayed behind in Washington due to the partial government shutdown.

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