Trump accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq

Trump speaks to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

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.

The president told service members at al-Asad air base in Iraq that he was proud to secure them a much-needed pay bump of "more than 10 percent" after years of stagnant wages. But U.S. forces returned in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government, which needed help fighting the terrorist organization ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria). The troops have received a pay raise every year for decades.

Still, the US and Iraq developed considerable military and intelligence ties in the war against IS, and they continue to pay off in operations against militants gone into hiding.

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Trump also greeted troops at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany during a refueling stop. Many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer afford to fund it. The White House and military officials have said the hats were brought along by troops and not distributed by the president's team, but McCaffrey dismissed the suggestion.

The visit could have unintended consequences for American policy, with officials from both sides of Iraq's political divide calling for a vote in Parliament to expel USA forces from the country.

The political upside is, the optics are good for the president and for the first lady. They said, 'You know, we can make it smaller.

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A complete withdrawal of US troops from Syria would leave a sizeable USA military presence in the region, including about 5,200 troops across the border in Iraq.

Trump also drew criticism in the U.S. for repeating a previously debunked claim that he had secured military members a pay raise for the first time in 10 years, when in fact the Pentagon has increased pay each year.

He promised a "strong, deliberate and orderly withdrawal" of forces from Syria.

Trump, as commander in chief, has the authority to declassify the information, but typically the faces of individual special operations service members are blurred in official photos and videos to shield their identities.

There is no faction within the U.S. ruling establishment opposed to war, and Trump's decision on ending the USA deployment of troops in Syria signals no end to the drive to assert United States hegemony over the Middle East's oil reserves, no matter what the cost in civilian lives.

The U.S. has had a volatile relationship with Iraq over the years.

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