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Jens Stoltenberg: NATO troops staying in Iraq

Al Jazeera

NATO forces are staying in Iraq at the country's request, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said during a rare visit on Monday to Baghdad, after parliament called for a foreign troop pullout.

US senator links Trump troop withdrawal to deadly ISIL attack

Al Jazeera

A senior US senator has questioned President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal announcement from Syria after four Americans were killed in a suicide attack by the armed group ISIL. Lindsay Graham, a staunch Trump ally, directly blamed Wednesday's attack in the northern Syrian city of Manbij on the president's decision to quickly pull US forces out of the war-torn country. The drawdown move "set in motion enthusiasm by the enemy we're fighting", said Graham, referring to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS). "My concern about the statements made by President Trump … is we've made people we're trying to help wonder about us. And as they [ISIL] gets bolder, the people we're trying to help get more uncertain. I saw this in Iraq and I'm now seeing it in Syria," the senator said.

Iraqi Troops Move Into Mosul's Old City, Last IS Stronghold

U.S. News

FILE - In this Monday, June 8, 2009 file photo, residents walk past the tilted minaret of al-Nuri mosque in busy market area in Mosul, Iraq. U.S.-backed Iraqi troops pushed into the last Islamic State stronghold in the country's second largest city of Mosul on Sunday, an Iraqi commander said, formally launching the final major battle of an eight-month campaign.

U.S. Envoy on Syria Tells Allies Troop Withdrawal Won't Be Abrupt

U.S. News

"We've been telling them (allies) continuously this is not going to be an abrupt, rapid withdrawal but a step-by-step withdrawal," James Franklin Jeffrey told the Munich Security Conference, addressing concerns from allies over the U.S. decision to pullout 2,000 troops.