BAT­TLE FOR MO­SUL

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Emerg­ing from his first meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi said Mon­day he was as­sured the U.S. will ac­cel­er­ate its sup­port for his coun­try’s struggle against the Is­lamic State. De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis re­cently pre­sented Trump with the out­lines of a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to de­feat­ing the Is­lamic State; specifics are yet to be worked out. Al-Abadi said gov­ern­ment forces are on the brink of fully lib­er­at­ing Mo­sul, the north­ern city that has been the Is­lamic State’s main Iraqi strong­hold since 2014.

Iraqi forces fire a rocket to­ward Is­lamic State po­si­tions in western Mo­sul on Mon­day.

Ah­mad Al-Rubaye, AFP/Getty Im­ages

Dis­placed Iraqis from Mo­sul ar­rive at the Ha­mam al-Alil camp on Mon­day. The bat­tle for western Mo­sul, with its war­rens of al­ley­ways, con­tin­ues to be tough.

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