U.S. reassures Iraqi PM it is committed to fight Daesh in Iraq

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met senior Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Saleh and underlined the U.S. support for the new Iraqi government in its efforts for stability, security and prosperity of Iraq.

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reassured Iraqi officials that Washington is committed to fighting the Daesh group and other similar outfits.

The U.S. top diplomat Pompeo was on an unannounced visit of Iraq. He is in the Middle East to urge allies to continue to confront the significant threats posed by extremists groups.

Pompeo met senior Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Saleh and underlined the U.S. support for the new Iraqi government in its efforts for stability, security and prosperity of Iraq.

The Iraqi officials said, they need the support of the U.S. and want it to remain engaged.

Iraq declared victory against Daesh in December 2017, but the extremists retain a network of sleeper cells in major cities and continue to conduct hit-and-run attacks from mountain or desert hideouts.
They said, Daesh is defeated militarily, but not completely.

Pompeo is due to visit Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Cairo, Doha, Manama, and other capitals on his longest trip since taking office last year.

Deadly fighting is continuing between U.S-backed forces and the jihadists in Iraq and eastern Syria.

President Donald Trump in his recent statements has said the withdrawal of troops will be done in a prudent way in Syria and Afghanistan.

Groups such as Daesh, Al Qaeda, Taliban and other militant groups particularly in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq want an accelerated timetable for a U.S. withdrawal.

But U.S. officials have stressed the U.S. troops will remain in Iraq and other countries for operations when necessary.