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

Members of the Iraqi Federal Police clash with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul Iraq. REUTERS  Danish Siddiqui Members of the Iraqi Federal Police clash with the Islamic State fighters in western Mosul Iraq. REUTERS Danish Siddiqui
Dexter Carr | 15 May, 2017, 06:29

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

"We want to maintain that partnership with Afghanistan and we want to ensure that Afghanistan reaches its potential, so that's the objective of the strategy", Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Theresa Whelan told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. They also would advise and assist their Iraqi counterparts.

The government denies having any deals with any foreign country on keeping troops in Iraq post ISIL. Both nations are seeking favorable terms under a status of forces agreement, or SOFA, which would spell out legal protections for U.S. forces stationed in Iraq.

The Iraqi official who told AP about the ongoing talks said any forces who remained would continue to be designated as advisers for the same reason.

Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing over Mosul skyline on Saturday as Iraqi forces continued to make slow progress in the fight against the Islamic State group in the city.

An American company helping secure the Iraqi base where F-16 fighter jets battle the Islamic State group turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations and allegations of sex trafficking. "We should never ever have left, and the vacuum was created".

The US troops would be stationed at former US bases in the cities Balad and Baghdad, a second defense official said, but that list could expand to several other smaller bases.

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

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The images showed the attacker inside the vehicle before he carried out the attack targeting Iraqi forces, the vehicle advancing on its target and the detonation he purportedly orchestrated.

A new front in the military offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL occupation has opened in the northwest of the city.

Such an agreement would underscore how the fight against IS has drawn the USA into a deepening role in Iraq.

Calling the United States forces in the country advisers also helps Abadi get around the rule requiring parliamentary approval for foreign combat troops to operate in the country, the Christian Science Monitor points out. The numbers went down eventually to 40,000 before the complete withdrawal in 2011 under the Obama administration.

ISIS had initially issued a statement blaming the U.S. for the airstrike and the civilian toll, though the Iraqi Army has since admitted to the attack. "When the army came we raised the white flag", he said.

"I don't anticipate that we'll be asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul", said.

Col Dorrian said the coalition believed there were "well short of a thousand" militants left in Mosul. There, al-Baghdadi designated the terror group's caliphate after they took over nearly a third of Iraq.

"The Iraqi government has plans and strategies to develop the capabilities of our security forces through training and arming to raise their readiness to face the challenges ahead". Not too long, we hope.

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