Al Jazeera: Defence secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil
Jim Mattis arrives on unannounced visit to Iraq as Pentagon considers acceleration of military campaign against ISIL.
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, on an unannounced visit to Iraq, said the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders.
Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday, as the battle to oust the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group fighters from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Under the president's deadline, Mattis has just a week to send Trump a strategy to ramp up the fight and defeat ISIL.
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WNU Editor: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis's focus is on the war against the Islamic State .... not on how Iraq will pay for it. But for the media .... a golden opportunity to point out what President Trump said about Iraq's oil in the past .... Trump Says U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraq’s Oil, and ‘Maybe We’ll Have Another Chance’ (NYMag).
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