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Trump to Meet Iraqi Premier as Anti-IS Policy Takes Shape

President Donald Trump will hold his first meeting with Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. President Donald Trump will hold his first meeting with Iraq's prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. | 

VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press
March 20, 2017 01:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump will hold his first meeting with Iraq's prime minister as he works to shape his policy for defeating the Islamic State group.

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's first visit to Washington since Trump's inauguration comes as the new U.S. president gears up to host a 68-nation meeting focused on advancing the fight against the militant group.

But despite his promises of a no-holds-barred strategy and to eradicate "radical Islamic terrorism," Trump has not yet proposed a new approach or tactics in Afghanistan or Iraq.

It also remains to be seen to what extent Trump will commit to efforts to rebuild war-torn Iraq.

The administration has proposed deep cuts to international organizations and diplomatic missions.


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