New front to seize Iraq's Mosul from IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that no U.S. combat troops will stay in the country after the fight against the Islamic State is concluded.

But the talks point to a consensus by both governments that, in contrast to the US withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of American troops in Iraq is needed to ensure Iraq's security.

Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army Osman Ghanimi said the offensive to recapture west Mosul will be complete in about a month, Rudaw reported.

Mattis made it clear that USA involvement will not end when Mosul is finally captured from IS.

Government of Iraq (GoI)-led military efforts to retake Ninewa Governorate's city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remain ongoing.

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Iraqi forces opened a new front Thursday in their offensive to retake Mosul, advancing from the northwest in a bid to add momentum to the grueling seven-month-long battle for the city.

The Mosul assault involves a 100,000-strong ground force of Iraqi government troops, members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Shia paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

In March, the Trump administration announced that it would cease disclosing information about the scope and size of future U.S. troop deployments in both Iraq and Syria, just days after Pentagon announced it was sending an "unspecified" number of troops from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division to support Iraqi security forces.

Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the joint operations command, told Reuters the militants "didn't have time to make barriers, the advance since yesterday has been good".

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Erbil, said capturing the area could be key to securing all of Iraq's second-largest city.

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The area includes the symbolically important Great Mosque of al-Nuri, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the establishment of a "caliphate" after Mosul and much of northern Iraq fell to the jihadist group in 2014.

The fight for Mosul's west has been slow and deadly to Iraqi forces and civilians caught in the crossfire. Nevertheless, hundreds of civilians have been killed by coalition air raids and shelling, as well as in the counter-attacks launched by ISIL.

United States military officials said they are more confident they can reach a SOFA agreement this time, but any potential deal is still riddled with uncertainties.

Over the almost three-year-long fight against IS, Iraqi forces closely backed by the US-led coalition have retaken some 65 percent of the territory the extremists once held in the country, according to the US-led coalition.

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