Pompeo reassures Iraqi leader on campaign against Islamic State Dec 23, 2018 0 310 12345 dpaBaghdadThe 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. RELATED ARTICLES UN team arrives in Yemen to monitor Hodeidah truce Dec 23, 2018 0 284 Gaza buries its sons killed by Israeli fire at border protests Dec 23, 2018 0 347 Almost 300,000 Syrians have gone home, says Turkey Dec 23, 2018 0 294 Blasts near Somalia presidential palace leave 22 dead dpa Mogadishu Somali police say at least 22 people have been killed in attacks near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu that have been claimed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab. More than 30 others were .. Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz passes away Riyadh: -Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz, a half brother of King Salman, died on Saturday at the age of 87, his billionaire son said. “Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday,” Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal wrote on .. UN resolution an ‘important step’, say Yemeni rebels Dubai: Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeidah, calling it an “important step”. Yemen’s Saudi-backed .. At least 17 dead as petrol tanker rams into minibus in Kenya Nairobi: At least 17 people were killed Friday when a petrol tanker collided with a stationary minibus in western Kenya, according to the St John Ambulance service. The minibus - known locally as a matatu - had stopped at .. Four women, boy dead in DR Congo landslide Bukavu: Four women and a child died when a landslide flattened their houses after heavy rain in Bukavu in eastern DR Congo, local sources said Saturday. “Five dead bodies have been found in Kadutu commune after a landslip .. Turkey announces probe into shipment of arms to Libya Tripoli: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a visit to Libya Saturday an investigation into a shipment of arms smuggled from his country to the conflict-hit North African nation. Libyan ..