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Iraqi PM: Trump to accelerate support

WASHINGTON -- Emerging from his first meeting with President Donald Trump, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he was assured the U.S. will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

 

"I think they are prepared to do more" than the administration of President Barack Obama, he said.

 

Speaking at a Washington think tank shortly after his White House visit, al-Abadi said he got the impression that the Trump administration
will take a more aggressive approach, although he did not say what that might entail.

 

"I think this administration wants to be more engaged in fighting terrorism," he said. "I sense a difference in terms of being head-to-head with terrorism." He added, however, that military force is not necessarily the most effective tool. "There are better ways for defeating terrorism."