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Trump Tells Abadi US Carrying Out Military Buildup of Forces in Iraq

© REUTERS / Ammar AwadUS. army soldiers stand next a military vehicle in the town of Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq, December 27, 2016
US. army soldiers stand next a military vehicle in the town of Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq, December 27, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Donald Trump told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a telephone call that the US armed forces are expanding their combat forces within his country.

US. army soldiers stand next a military vehicle in the town of Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq, December 27, 2016 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a telephone call that the US armed forces are expanding their combat forces within his country, the White House announced in a readout.

"President Trump emphasized the buildup of the United States military," the readout said on Friday. "President Trump also congratulated Iraqi forces on their recent progress in Mosul [and] thanked Prime Minister Abadi for his leadership."

Moreover, Trump and Abadi discussed the threat they believed that Iran presented to the entire Middle East region, the White House noted.

"Both leaders spoke to the threat Iran presents across the entire region. They also reaffirmed their commitment to the long-term partnership between the United States and Iraq grounded in the US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement," the readout stated.

Trump also emphasized the continuing support of the United States for the Iraqi people in their shared fight against the Islamic State terror group, the White House added.

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