US President Donald Trump denied any plans to withdraw US troops from Iraq in the coming period, adding that Iraq could be used as a base in case the US wants to do anything in Syria.
This came during Trump's speech to US troops at Ayn al-Asad Airbase in Baghdad on Wednesday.
Just one day after Christmas, Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Baghdad in secrecy to visit with US troops serving in the region, which is his first such visit since taking office in January 2017.
Trump's visit also comes at a time when he is facing a lot of criticism at home and abroad for his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, having declared ISIS defeated.
In the wake of Trump's decision, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned, followed by Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS.
Speaking to the troops in Iraq, Trump said that the US could use Iraq as a base to act in Syria if it wants. This news could possibly calm some nerve in the region following Trump's sudden and unexpected withdraw from Syria just days ago.