Security forces launch operations against IS in Iraq
Sep 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
"We feel confident that we will be in a position to move forward fairly rapidly", Obama said, vowing to fight "right at the heart of the (IS) operation in Mosul".
Iraq army and volunteer forces have begun operations to retake town of Shirqat paving the way for liberation of Mosul from Islamic State group.
Abadi in a news conference in Baghdad attend by Iraqi News, said, "We refuse dictate terms during our discussions with the International Monetary Fund and we put mechanisms and a plan to reform the economic system in Iraq".
IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and training have since retaken significant ground including the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. "Mosul is a large city and ISIL has embedded itself deeply within that city", Obama said, referring to the Islamic State group by an acronym.
"Iraqi forces are now moving towards the Shirqat district", he said.
Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the Daesh terrorist group.
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But he said that the close cooperation between U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces should lead to quick progress.
"If Turkey is serious in fighting ISIL, then they have to withdraw their forces from Iraq", Abadi said, adding "but Turkey is not willing to end its military presence, and is ignoring the principle of violating the sovereignty of Iraq as an independent country". In neighboring Syria, the civil war continues to plague the fight against the Islamic State, but in Iraq, the extremists have lost half the territory they once held, according to the U.S. In preparation, Iraq's military has been amassing troops and retaking a string of towns in the vicinity of Mosul.
The U.S. views the Shiite militia as proxies of Shiite Iran, and has pressured Mr. Abadi to sideline them during major battles, including Mosul.
Obama said he and Abadi had focused on ensuring that food, water and shelter are available for those displaced and that Mosul can be quickly rebuilt, so that desperate residents don't turn to "extremist ideologies" for relief and allow the Islamic State group to return. Even as he and Abadi focused on recent progress in Iraq, the situation was growing grimmer in Syria, where President Bashar Assad's military on Monday declared the end to a week-old cease-fire and a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy was hit by airstrikes.
Obama also spoke with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta by phone in lieu of a face-to-face meeting.
Earlier, on Monday, Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the USA military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Iraq will have the full complement of the forces it needs to retake Mosul in October.