Image: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet troops at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

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Photos: President Donald Trump makes surprise visit to U.S. Troops in Iraq

Trump made his first visit to an active combat zone to greet American troops at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Wednesday.

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Image: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26.

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Image: President Donald Trump signs a hat at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Trump signs a hat.

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Image: President Donald Trump and Melania Trump meet with National Security Adviser John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman, and military leadership at Al Asad Air Base.

Trump and the first lady meet with National Security Adviser John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Doug Silliman, and military leaders.

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Image: President Donald Trump jokes with National Security Adviser John Bolton and senior military leadership as he speaks to the media at Al Asad Air Base.

Trump jokes with Bolton and senior military leaders as he speaks to reporters.

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Image: President Donald Trump greets U.S. troops during an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Trump greets U.S. troops.

Trump's surprise visit comes after his announcement earlier this month that he would withdraw troops from Syria, but said he has "no plans at all" to remove U.S. forces in Iraq.

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Image: U.S. troops cheers as President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base.

U.S. troops cheer as Trump speaks at a hanger rally.

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Image: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to troops at Al Asad Air Base.

The president spent three hours on the ground with U.S. forces and met with the U.S. ambassador and commanders on the ground.

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Image: President Donald Trump delivers remarks to U.S. troops inside the hanger at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Trump said Iraq can still be used as a base to stage attacks on ISIS militants if needed, saying that the U.S. can attack "so fast and so hard" the terror group "won't know what the hell happened," the Associated Press reported.

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Image: President Donald Trump speaks to troops at the Al Asad Air Base.

"I think a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking. It's time for us to start using our head," Trump said. 

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Image: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet troops at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

Trump and the first lady greet troops.

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