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Pompeo reassures Iraqi leader on campaign against Islamic State

Pompeo reassures Iraqi leader on 
campaign against Islamic State

dpa
Baghdad
The United States is committed to continuing the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and elsewhere, Baghdad said Saturday after a phone call between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from war-torn Syria, declaring victory over Islamic State there. The decision has rattled US allies, who said the radical group has not been completely defeated. Abdel-Mahdi told Pompeo that the security situation in neighbouring Syria has a direct impact on Iraq’s national security and regional stability, a statement from the Iraqi government’s media office said.
In 2014, IS seized large chunks of territory in Iraq. Last December, then PM Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi territory had been liberated from Islamic State after a US-backed military campaign lasting more than three years.