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    US Special Envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State Brett McGurk will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to meet with senior officials about efforts against the terror group and to coordinate the next steps in the campaign, according to the US State Department.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Special Envoy for the coalition against the Islamic State Brett McGurk will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to meet with senior officials about efforts against the terror group and to coordinate the next steps in the campaign, the US Department of State said in a statement on Friday.

    "During his meetings, Special Presidential Envoy McGurk will discuss continuing cooperation and engagement to further the coalition’s campaign to ensure a lasting defeat of ISIL [Islamic State] in Iraq and Syria, as well as efforts to counter ISIL’s affiliates and support networks," the statement noted.

    McGurk will travel to Abu Dhabi and Jeddah from July 22-26, the statement pointed out.

    Meanwhile, foreign and defense ministers from 45 members of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State held the first ministerial meeting in Washington, DC July 20-22 to discuss the next steps in the fight against the terror group.

    On Tuesday, McGurk said one of the priorities of the discussions was to address the next steps for the Iraqi city of Mosul, including military, humanitarian and stabilization plans.

    The Islamic State, also known as Daesh in Arabic, has controlled Mosul for the past two years.

    Earlier in July, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the United States will deploy additional 560 US troops to Iraq to help prepare for the offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State.


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