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Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS

Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS”

Dorrian said the Iraqi Security Forces "are more than capable" of stopping the escape of ISIS fighters from Mosul, "as the ISF have built up the perimeter in a manner that makes a breakout very hard".

A member of the Iraqi forces walks towards a military vehicle as they advance towards the al-Haramat neighborhood, north of Mosul, on May 5, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the area from Takfiri Daesh militants.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. agreed with Mattis, stating that Iraqi security forces will need USA support "for years to come".

The logic reflects concerns that a premature withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011, initiated by President George W. Bush under the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement between the USA and Iraqi governments, created a political vacuum that drove members of the country's minority Sunni population into the arms of terror networks like the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq, ISIS's predecessor. So as for agreement, yes, we both understand it would be mutually beneficial.

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ATS sources said Aftab had gathered information on several army cantonment areas and defence establishments in the state. He had allegedly provided information about the army's movements and units in Faizabad, Lucknow and Amritsar.

The Pentagon has close to 7,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, many not publicly acknowledged because they are on temporary duty or under specific personnel rules.

In the past few days, Iraqi forces had already prepared for the launch of the fresh front by opening a new exit for trapped civilians, who live in dire humanitarian conditions in the ISIS enclave.

In early April, the Afghan ambassador to the United States claimed that by the end of Trump's first term, Afghan security forces would be sufficiently prepared to deal with jihadi terror groups in their country without the help of USA troops and advisers. The numbers were wound down eventually to 40,000 before the complete withdrawal in 2011.

Iraqi army soldiers took over Mosul's airport, providing them a gateway to the western part of the city.

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On Thursday, U.S. Special Operations Command chief Gen. Raymond Thomas refused to characterize the Afghan War as a stalemate, but did question the level of commitment to the war effort by the Obama administration. "We are still advancing to liberate the other neighborhoods", the officer said.

The Iraqi prime minister added that the Iraqi government has plans and strategies to develop the capabilities of its security forces through training and arming so that they are fully prepared to counter any future security challenges.

The United Nations says almost half a million civilians have fled fighting since the offensive to retake Mosul started on October 17, 2016.

"Our support to the government of Iraq is going to remain the same type of relationship that we continued with them throughout the [ISIS] campaign", he told reporters during a briefing from Baghdad.

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Al-Abadi has long struggled to balance Iraq's dependence on both the USA and Iran.



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