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    Iraqi special forces soldiers move toward the front line during fighting against Daesh in western Mosul, Iraq, March 17, 2017.

    US Under Secretary of Defence Visits Iraq for Talks on Counterterror, Security - Pentagon

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Under Secretary of Defence John Rood visited Iraq on Tuesday to meet with senior officials in Baghdad and Erbil for talks on regional security, fighting terrorism and other issues, Pentagon spokesperson Carla Gleason said in a statement.

    "In Baghdad, Rood met with Prime Minister [Adel] Abd-al-Mahdi to reiterate the United States’ commitment to Iraq’s security and sovereignty, and its support to the people of Iraq," Gleason said.

    Rood also met with Iraq's Defence Minister Najah al-Shammary and reaffirmed the importance of cooperation in the fight against the Daesh* terrorist group, the Pentagon spokesperson added.

    In Erbil, Rood met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani and KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. He reaffirmed Pentagon's support to the Peshmerga and to their close partnership in the long-term battle against Daesh*, Gleason said.

    *Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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