Iraqi prime minister joins Trump for meeting focusing on IS

A special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from an ISIS-controlled part of Mosul to an area controlled by Iraqi forces

A special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from an ISIS-controlled part of Mosul to an area controlled by Iraqi forces

"I think they're prepared to do more to fight terrorism and be more engaged", Abadi told a forum in Washington hours after his meeting with Trump, adding he had been told US "support will not only continue but will accelerate".

Either the prime minister was trying to lighten the mood, or he apparently thinks so little of Trump that he'd crack wise about an intelligence investigation into the very legitimacy of his presidency, because as the press pool was being escorted out of the Oval, al-Abadi responded to a question the president had refused to answer about his wiretapping allegations. Trump had previously accused the Obama administration of tapping phones in Trump Tower ahead of the election.

Abadi said he hoped the U.S. and other allies would continue to offer economic assistance to Iraq, which he said faced a financial crisis as a result of the war against the militant group. The US official said Trump asked Tillerson to get greater clarity on vetting measures in Iraq.

"We will figure something out".

He said the Iraqi forces working with allies and supported by American airpower are on the brink of fully liberating Mosul.

Al-Abadi's visit comes as Trump prepares to host a 68-nation meeting geared toward advancing the fight against the Islamic State group.

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As he departed Baghdad for the Monday afternoon meeting at the White House, al-Abadi declared in a video statement, "We are in the last chapter, the final stages to eliminate IS militarily in Iraq".

Trump last week announced a $54 billion increase in United States defence spending. He also sought aid to counter a massive humanitarian crisis spawned by the fighting, which has displaced more than 4 million people.

But the extent of Washington's commitment to providing such aid remains unclear, shrouded by proposals to cut as much as 30 percent in funding from the budgets of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Abbadi thanked Trump for removing Iraq from a travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries.

The leaders' public comments did not touch on Trump's remark on the day he took office that the USA may get a chance to take Iraq's oil as compensation for its efforts there - something al-Abadi, and later, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, rebuffed.

Since then, Iraq's military has seen significant military victories, with the help of an global coalition that has been assisting with airstrikes and weapons as well as a robust advise and assist operation.

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