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We're fighting harder than ever before. They want peace. They're exhausted.

"I don't like endless wars". "We're going to have a strong border".

During his roughly three-hour visit, his first to troops in a combat zone, Trump broke tradition set by previous US presidents by not meeting with Iraqi leaders. Real intelligence, by the way.

"So when my intelligence people tell me how wonderful Iran is - if you don't mind, I'm going to just go by my own counsel", he said.

'It is now time to start coming home and, after many years, spending our money wisely, ' Trump wrote on Twitter. "We will not allow this", he added.

But our correspondent says the USA president's latest references to Iran and the need to protect Israel point to a very different set of priorities, which is causing unease in Baghdad.

He said the troops would soon be moving to the huge Al Asad Airbase in Iraq's Anbar province and that their new tasks would include protecting Israel and keeping an eye on Iran, which his administration has accused of being the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and of wanting to acquire nuclear weapons.

According to the Associated Press, Salih said in remarks in Baghdad on Monday that he found Mr. Trump's comments "strange", considering us troops were in Iraq as part of an agreement between the two countries and with a specific mission of assisting in the fight against ISIS.

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However, in the same breath he decried the length, casualties, and expense of "endless" USA wars and nation building in the Middle East, arguing that "w$3 hat we're doing is got to stop at some point".

A source close to Trump told Reuters the president will declare the militant group all but defeated and will discuss his planned Syria drawdown.

Senators on Monday headed off a filibuster on a 72-24 vote, setting up final passage later this week.

While US forces have been key to the rollback of the jihadis onslaught in Iraq in 2014, both independent and Iran-backed Iraqi political groups have been increasingly calling for ending foreign military deployment in the country.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told CBS News early previous year that the Afghan security forces would not last more than six months and the Kabul government would collapse if the United States were to withdraw its financial and military support. However, Turkey's Islamist president, Recep Erdogan, called the demand "a very serious mistake" and flatly told U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, "We can not make any concessions in this regard". "The US is a major power. but do not pursue your own policy priorities".

CIA Director Haspel told lawmakers last week that a "monitoring regime" would be necessary to ensure the Taliban keeps its promise of preventing terrorist groups from operating on Afghan soil. The PMF last month claimed it prevented another US survey in Anbar province.

"Bringing our troops home should always be our objective, but it must be done in a deliberate and well-thought-out manner in concert with our partners and allies", Reed, D-R.I., said of Syria and Afghanistan.

Trump's Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban confirmed details of a framework for a peace pact in recent days.


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