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Mattis in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders, US commanders

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Baghdad, Aug 22 (AP)- Islamic State militants, driven from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, are trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
Mattis arrived in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump outlined a fresh approach to the stalemated war in Afghanistan. Trump also has pledged to take a more aggressive, effective approach against IS in Iraq and Syria, but he has yet to...
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IS militants caught in Iraq-Syria military vise

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Baghdad, Aug 22 (AP) - Expelled from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, Islamic State militants are now trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.
Mattis arrived in the Iraqi capital on an unannounced...
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Yemen blames Iran for war, says it can't be part of solution

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United Nations, Aug 22 (AP) - Yemen's foreign minister blamed Iran and its support for Houthi Shiite rebels on Monday for causing the country's civil war and said it can't be part of the solution.
Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said at a press conference that Iranian weapons are still being smuggled into...
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Trump renews Afghan war commitment, sees no speedy exit

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Washington, Aug 22 (AP) - Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump renewed the United States' commitment Monday to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring that U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops might be sent to...
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NKorea issues trademark fiery rhetoric over US-SKorea drills

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Seoul, Aug 22 (AP) - North Korea's military on Tuesday greeted the start of annual U.S.-South Korean military drills with its standard fiery threats, vowing "merciless retaliation" for exercises Pyongyang claims are an invasion rehearsal.
North Korea routinely issues such warlike rhetoric or...
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