AFP: US-led coalition expects to stay in Iraq after Mosul
The commander of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said Monday he expected its forces would be allowed to stay in Iraq after Mosul is recaptured.
"I don't anticipate that we will be asked to leave by the government of Iraq immediately after Mosul," Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said.
The US commander was speaking at a press conference in Baghdad wrapping up a brief visit by the new Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis.
"I think the government of Iraq realises it's a very complex fight and they need the assistance of the coalition even beyond Mosul," Townsend told reporters.
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