14 Jan '18, 9pm

US-led coalition changes mission in Iraq, Syria - The Straits Times

WASHINGTON • With ISIS all but vanquished from its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition that has been fighting the extremist militants for more than three years is transforming its mission. Eager to avoid a repeat of 2011, when the US completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq only to watch in horror as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria later overran swathes of the country, the coalition is focusing on what it must do to stop a re-emergence of the militants. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis recently told reporters the mission is shifting towards stabilisation and making sure an "ISIS 2.0" cannot pop up. "The longer-term recovery is going to take a lot of effort and a lot of years after what (ISIS) did, because they forcibly kept innocent people in the midst of the combat zone, and that meant the residential areas took damage, the public areas - e...

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