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Donald Trump makes surprise visit to US troops in Iraq

December 26, 2018 7:26 PM
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The president was accompanied by First Lady Melania and the pair spent three hours on the ground with troops at the Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad.

Mr Trump, who arrived amid great secrecy on Air Force One, said the United States had no plans to withdraw its troops from the country, adding, "In fact we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria."

He defended his shock decision to withdraw US forces from Syria, announced without consulting allies or advisers before Christmas.


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