Iraq, US in talks to keep American troop presence after IS

"I imagine we'll be in this fight for a while and we'll stand by each other". "That we agree on", the USA official told AP on condition of anonymity.

On Afghanistan, Theresa Whelan, who oversees the Pentagon's special operations forces, said Thursday that the department's proposals on troop levels could reach the president's desk as early as next week.

However, on Friday the office of the prime minister released a statement denying the report, emphasising that only military advisers would remain.

A senior United States official said in an interview with BuzzFeed News that the Trump administration appeared to be coming around to the idea that reinforcing the U.S. partnership with the Iraqi security forces could in fact be an effective way to counter Iranian influence in the country.

Baghdad said it has its own plans and strategies to face future challenges by advancing the Iraqi army through training and arming its forces.

The Pentagon has close to 7,000 USA troops in Iraq, many not publicly acknowledged because they are on temporary duty or under specific personnel rules.

The United States and Iraq now are in talks that would allow an as of yet unspecified number of U.S. troops to stay in Iraq after the presumed fall of ISIS.

Jafar al-Husseini, a representative from the Kataib Hezbollah militia - who are closely linked to Iran - said the army and paramilitaries were strong enough to defend Iraq themselves.




"More conventional forces that would thicken the ability to advise and assist Afghan forces, that would absolutely be to our benefit", Gen. Thomas said.

An American company helping secure the Iraqi base where F-16 fighter jets battle the Islamic State group turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations and allegations of sex trafficking.

It said Iraqi forces had already captured a small outlying village called Hsunah and a nearby gas factory in the renewed push.

What the long-term deployment would look like is still in the early stages, but it is believed U.S. forces in Iraq would be stationed inside existing Iraqi bases in at least five locations in the Mosul area and along Iraq's border with Syria.

He said his troops had killed about 30 militants and destroyed five auto bombs before they could be used against them.

The U.S. military has acknowledged that the U.S. -led coalition probably had a role in the March 17 explosion, but said Islamic State also could be to blame.

"Our forces are making a steady advance in the first hours of the offensive and Daesh fighters are breaking and retreating", another army official known as Brigadier General Yahya Rasool added.

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