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Abadi meets Trump at White House for new strategy to defeat the militant group of Iraq and Syria

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Abadi’s remarks followed his first face-to-face meeting at the White House with Trump, who took office on Jan. 20 pledging a new strategy to defeat the hardline militant group that seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014. Even before Trump took office, Iraqi forces recaptured a string of major cities from Islamic State, shrank the militant group’s finances and significantly stemmed the flow of foreign fighters, all with the support of U.S.-led coalition air strikes and military advisers. A White House statement about the meeting said both Trump and Abadi agreed that “terrorism cannot be defeated by military might alone”, and the two leaders called for deepening commercial ties, including in the energy sector. At the forum, Abadi called for more financial contributions from the international community. Abadi is in Washington this week ahead of a gathering of world leaders of a coalition fighting Islamic State. In many ways, his visit comes at a high point for him after successfully appealing to Trump to remove Iraq from a list of countries included in a revamped travel ban. Trump decided this month’s revised order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from several Muslim-majority nations would not include Iraq because of its cooperation with the United States. Both the initial Jan. 27 travel ban and the revised version have been blocked by federal courts. Detractors argue the ban discriminated against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. Trump says the measure is necessary for national security to protect the country from terrorist attacks.

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to meet Iraqi forces taking part in the offensive against ISIS

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Tuesday to meet Iraqi forces taking part in the offensive against Islamic State militants in the city, this is the first visit  of Mosul since Iraqi forces began the operation to regain the city. (On November 25 last year, Abadi visited Bartela sub-district near Mosul city). Abadi promised the residents of areas under ISIS control that Iraq will defeat the militant group, adding that Iraqi forces were advancing on all fronts with no retreat: “the defeat is inevitable”. Abadi’s visit to Mosul comes after Iraqi security forces regained control of the government complex and the museum building in west Mosul on Tuesday after a successful overnight raid.

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq Prime Minister, wait for a Trump’s commitment to increased support for Iraq in the fight against terrorism

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Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said no country has the right to humiliate nationals of other countries, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order which bans nationals of seven Middle Eastern and African countries from entering the U.S.Every country has a right to investigate, to look carefully into would-be-immigrants, but just to place a blanket on a country, on a nation, I don’t agree with it.” he have said and have noted that  Iraqi citizens and the public have been the victim of terrorism due to the thousands of suicide bombers internationally who have entered Iraq and killed Iraqis in the country.Iraq is the only nation among the seven to have full diplomatic relations with the United States;  Abadi, according with Trump, wait for a commitment to increased support for Iraq in the fight against terrorism.“We are still waiting for this,” Abadi have said.

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