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21 March 2017, 12:40 | Darnell Patrick
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He criticized President Barack Obama's withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq after the two countries failed to reach an agreement to continue US troops' immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts.
US President Donald Trump will host Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Monday.
The president also said that "we shouldn't have gone in" to Iraq in the first place.
In his election campaign Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor President Barack Obama for allegedly not prosecuting the campaign to totally destroy the Islamic State with sufficient vigor and determination.
The pressure from the Iraq officials included a phone call between Trump and Abadi on 10 February and an in-person conversation between Abadi and Vice-President Mike Pence in Munich, Germany, on 18 February.
President Donald Trump greets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi upon his arrival to the White House in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017.
Government forces retook the east side of Mosul in January before setting their sights on the more densely populated west of the city, the last major urban center the IS group holds in Iraq.
But the extent of Trump's commitment to helping war-torn Iraq remains to be seen amid significant proposed budget cuts for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Previous administrations have asserted a need for maintaining assistance to Iraq to counter the influence of neighbouring Iran. US courts have blocked the rewritten ban.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - a former ExxonMobil executive - made a rare public appearance at the White House.
Since then, Iraq's military has seen significant military victories, with the help of an worldwide coalition that has been assisting with airstrikes and weapons as well as a robust advise and assist operation.
"We are in the last chapter, the final stages to eliminate IS militarily in Iraq", he said in a video statement.
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