USA eyes continued presence in Iraq after Daesh: Top commander

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Iraq on Monday declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group in Mosul, retaking full control of the country's second-largest city three years after it was seized by extremists bent on building a global caliphate.

"Horrific though the crimes of ISIL are, there is no place for vengeance", said Zeid, using another acronym for the Islamic State group. "Number two, they point fingers at us and say the coalition is responsible for strikes to incite hatred against us". "I don t think we want to replay that", Townsend said.

IS still controls territory in three areas of Iraq - around Hawija, 130km (80 miles) south-east of Mosul, around Tal Afar, 65km west, and from Ana to Al-Qaim in the Euphrates river valley, 250km to the south-west.

Trump's budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins October 1, would allocate $13 billion for the military fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will work through the U.N. Development Program. "We were accused of ethnic cleansing", Lavrov said. Tens of families were running and approaching us.

While the brutality of Islamic state was extensively documented.

While celebrating "the removal of the death cult from Mosul", Fallon said the military operation was not over. Trump's post-conflict strategy, as described by USA officials, follows two tracks.

Government forces, with the help of a USA -led coalition, have been trying to drive out ISIS from Mosul since October.

"There was hysteria due to civilians allegedly suffering the most".

Long lines of civilian cars decorated with roses, honked their horns and roamed the main streets in Baghdad, while hundreds of people in groups were raising Iraqi flags, dancing and chanting victory songs and congratulating each other in many areas across the city, including Tahrir Square Mansour. Thousands of civilians have been killed and almost a million forced to flee their homes, according to the United Nations. "The fighting may be over, but the humanitarian crisis is not", said Lise Grande, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in Iraq.

Currently, there are more than 5,000 United States troops in Iraq, many of them advisors to the Iraqi security services.

"I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, unlawful or excssively targeted civilians", he said. "That has led us to really emphasize the local solutions".

"After East Aleppo was liberated [in December 2016] the representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited that part of the city and discovered huge supply of those drugs and everything that's needed to take care of one's health", Russia's top diplomat stressed.

The US-led military coalition's focus is on the quick restoration of essential services, "getting the lights back on".

"Mosul liberated from ISIS: France pays homage to all those, who alongside our troops, contributed to this victory", French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

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