The US President said he wants to keep troops in the country because "Iran is a real problem".
President Trump previously announced US soldiers will be withdrawn from Afghanistan and Syria(Picture: PA).
US President Donald Trump says he will keep troops in Iraq so he can "watch Iran", a country he described as "a real problem".
In an interview with CBS' 'Face The Nation' programme, President Trump outlined why US troops will be staying in the country, highlighting the "fortune" spent on building a base, believed to be a reference to the Al Assad airbase.
He said: "We spent a fortune building this incredible base, we might as well keep it.
"And one of the reasons I want to keep it is because I want to be looking a little bit at Iran, because Iran is a real problem."
A US Army soldier carries a 155mm artillery shell on Firebase Saham, Iraq, during Op Inherent Resolve (Picture: US Department of Defense).
He said he does not want to keep the base to be able to strike Iran but to "be able to watch" the country, adding the base is "perfectly situated" for "looking" at all areas of the "troubled Middle East".
Last year, the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and President Trump said the decision means: "If somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do."