Trump's Tweet Reveals Identities and Location of Navy Seals in Iraq

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"The troops all should've known it was all complete nonsense, but they were sort of excited the commander in chief was there and were willing to blow by it", McCaffrey said of Trump's lie.

Iraqi lawmakers told Reuters that the pair had disagreed over where their planned meeting should take place: Trump had asked to meet at the Ain al-Asad military base, an offer which Abdul-Mahdi declined. "When they found out that [Trump] was there in Iraq, 24 hours later they criticized the manner in which he visited the troops!"

Several lawmakers and political parties in Iraq on Thursday demanded the departure of American troops from their country.

Trump defended his decision to pull forces from neighboring Syria, declaring of Islamic State militants: "We've knocked them out". American forces withdrew in 2011 after invading in 2003 but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the Iraqi government to help fight the jihadist group.

News attempted to backtrack on an article published Wednesday which claimed President Donald Trump did not visit the troops over Christmastime when in fact, he did.

Another statement released on Thursday by Hakim al-Zamili, a political leader of the movement of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, called for an end the US-led coalition in Iraq and addressed how Iraq's airspace is now controlled by the coalition.

Islah is headed by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Binaa favors close ties with Iran and is aligned with Tehran on regional political issues.

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Qais Khazali, the head of the power Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, expressed confidence that parliament would vote to expel United States forces from Iraq.

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

For the "Situation Room" segment, CNN brought on Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a former Obama administration spokesperson, who said that the troops' actions were "completely inappropriate" because MAGA and Trump 2020 are campaign slogans.

Still, the USA 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.

A hasty departure of US forces would jeopardize such arrangements, said Iraqi analyst Hamza Mustafa.

McCaffrey also had little time for what he called the president's boasts about how fraught with danger visiting Iraq could be. 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.

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