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PM Abadi says Trump has vowed 'firm' support to Iraq

Updated: Nov 19, 2016 14:09 IST

Baghdad [Iraq], Nov. 19 (ANI): Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that U S President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to provide "strong and firm" support to his government.

"You are key partners to us and will find strong and firm support," a statement from Abadi's office quoted Trump, as saying during an evening phone call between the two leaders on Friday.

The statement said that Trump sent his congratulations to Iraq over its latest victories against the Islamic State (IS) militants, reports Xinhua.

During the conversation, Trump also invited Abadi to visit Washington shortly after the January inauguration.

The two leaders reviewed the victories of the Iraqi forces in their fight against the IS, stressing the importance of mobilizing all efforts to root out the ideology of terrorism, said the sattement.

On November 9, Trump defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

Leading a coalition of more than 60 countries, the United States has been using airstrikes to fight IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

Moreover, hundreds of U.S. military personnel are now deployed in Iraq to provide support to the government forces in battles to drive out IS militants from the city of Mosul, some 400 km north of the capital Baghdad. (ANI)

US troops have come 'under fire' in Mosul

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 03:41 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The U.S. troops have come "under fire" and have "returned fire" in and around Mosul, as allied forces tried to retake the city from ISIS.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): Kellyanne Conway, once a strong supporter for the Trump White House, has been sidelined from television appearances for making statements that were at odds with the administration's official stance.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): In what comes as a development of U.S first lady Melania Trump's USD150 million defamation lawsuit against a British media outlet, her lawyers have changed and refiled it, which leaves out a controversial portion of the original, a section that argued the first lady's earning potential as a brand spokeswoman would be irretrievably damaged by the defamation.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): The Russian foreign ministry has accused some major Western media, of spreading false news about the country.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23(ANI): A banner, reading "Refugees Welcome," was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

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British Muslim teacher denied entry to US

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 01:55 IST

New York [USA], Feb. 22(ANI): A British Muslim school teacher, Juhel Miah, was denied to board a New York bound flight, during a trip with his students.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 22 (ANI): More than a million protesters across the United States gathered for the 'Women's March on Washington' and "sister marchers" around the country after the United States gagged one of Chinese feminist movement's most visible social media accounts in an apparent bid to stifle criticism of President Donald Trump.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 22 (ANI): Following the recent militant attacks in Pakistan, the army has spoken about jointly fighting terrorism with Afghanistan.

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Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb. 22 (ANI): Stating that attempts were made to break into the morgue in which the body of the estranged half brother of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Nam, was kept, the investigating Malaysian police has demanded to question a senior North Korean diplomat.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Over 200 Hindu pilgrims from India arrived in Lahore on Wednesday through the Wagha Border to participate in the "Shree Katas Raj Dham" celebrations at Katasraj Temples in District Chakwal.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Ministry has approved special powers for Rangers to launch anti-terror operations across the country's Punjab province.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.22 (ANI): The United States has said it will continue to work with Pakistan to dismantle terrorist networks on its soil.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], February 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Army on Wednesday launched 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' across the country.

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New York [U.S.A.], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday arrived in Mexico to mend bilateral ties which have received a major blow since Donald Trump became the President.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that his two-days of restructured" strategic dialogue with his Chinese counterpart - Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and with State Counsellor Yang Jiechi covered and reviewed "the entirety of our relationship i.e. both the bilateral side as well as the international, regional issues".

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): China is open to India joining the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told media here on Wednesday after holding strategic dialogue discussions with his counterpart.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison was the one who had predicted he would win the Presidency.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): India on Wednesday told China that the onus of imposing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 Committee sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammad leader and terrorist Masood Azhar is not only New Delhi's alone, but is supported by several countries around the world.

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Beijing [China], Feb.22 (ANI): China will host the first BRICS Sherpas Meeting in Nanjing in the country's Jiangsu Province.

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