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

14 May 2017

In the latest atrocity, a strike by USA warplanes killed at least 11 civilians in a district of western Mosul on Thursday.

According to the AP, US forces would remain after Mosul's fall, deployed in at least five bases around the city as well as ones on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

"There is nowhere to go. the battlefield is much more complicated with the amount of civilians that are moving", Browning said.

Close U.S. support should help the involvement of the armoured division and reduce the risk for civilians, U.S. Army Lt. -Col.

Iraqi forces also hope to split ISIS's defenses and ease the advance of its special counter-terrorism force into the historic parts of the city, where ISIS appears poised to make its last stand.

USA forces have been acting officially as advisers in the battle to oust Daesh from Mosul, which began in October, though they have come closer and closer to the front lines and some are now carrying out combat operations with Iraqi troops.

Iraqi security forces say they have opened a new front in the operation against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in north-western Mosul.

The official said "several thousand. similar to what we have now, maybe a little more", troops would stay in the country, but added that discussions were in early stages and "nothing has been finalized".

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While an increased USA military commitment in Iraq could build on recent battlefield victories against ISIS, the proposed US troop surge in Afghanistan is needed to break the stalemate in the war there.

For Browning, who was deployed to Iraq in 2008, the nature of the US role is clearly different.

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. "The biggest difference is that we are no longer in a combat role".

The U.S. military will not maintain combat troops in Iraq following the annihilation of ISIS, Iraq's Prime Minister insisted on Friday in a statement - rebutting a Thursday report from the Associated Press that the two governments were hammering out a deal on a "long-term" U.S. presence in the country. Basri was the IS leader for Mosul's Mesherfa and al-Haramat areas, Iraqi News reported.

The Iraqis also provide human intelligence that the USA forces will corroborate in order to identify targets and determine the best approach to attacking them.

Moreover, there is no guarantee that U.S. troops largely stationed on isolated bases can reduce Iranian influence, which could come in the form of militias stationed beside their Iraqi counterparts.

"Everything I am trying to do is try to shape the battlefield for him".