Trump's Surprise Visit Spurs Iraqi Lawmakers To Demand US Withdrawal

Трамп во время визита в Ирак рассекретил позиции военных

In remarks on "MSNBC Live" with Velshi and Ruhle, the military analyst and commentator said the politicization was "basically unheard of".

Trump said he had no plans to withdraw the 5,200 USA forces in Iraq.

Trump said he had told his advisers, "let's get out of Syria", but was persuaded to stay, before deciding last week to bring the 2,000 troops home.

Trump also greeted troops at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany during a refueling stop. "The real names, faces and identities, of personnel involved in special operations or activities, are usually a closely held secret in a combat zone", former U.S. Navy intelligence specialist Malcolm Nance told Newsweek.

Trump, he said, had slipped into Iraq, "as though Iraq is a state of the United States".

"We demand all USA troops to leave Iraq and Iraqi government should consider them as occupiers".

With hours left before midnight on Christmas Day, NBC News pulled the trigger on a story suggesting, falsely and without evidence, that President Donald Trump had broken with years of tradition by not visiting with US troops at Christmas. Sadr has long opposed the US presence in Iraq since the USA -led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

It is a falsehood Trump has repeated before. He told the troops: "You know, when you think about it, you're fighting for borders in other countries, and they don't want to fight-the Democrats-for the border of our country".

Trips by US presidents to conflict zones are typically shrouded in secrecy and subject to strict security measures, and Trump's was no exception. But there are American troops spread throughout eastern Syria in the territory east of the Euphrates River, some of them at large logistical bases established to provide support to the American troops and the Kurdish allies. It continues to experience sporadic bombings, kidnappings and assassinations, which most people attribute to IS.

On Dec. 15, the USA -led coalition launched an airstrike in support of Iraqi troops who were chasing IS fighters toward a tunnel west of Mosul. He said Ain al-Asad could be used for USA air strikes inside Syria.

His trip to the troops stationed in Iraq was kept underwraps with a press embargo until he had finished addressing troops in a green military-style jacket.

This is a president that's dealing with an ongoing government shutdown.

It was a day late to qualify as the kind of iconic holiday trip to celebrate with US troops that George W. Bush pulled off on Thanksgiving Day in 2003.

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