Iraqi troops above inspect an IS tunnel used by fighters who have been ready to conduct suicide attacks against government soldiers.
The U.S. -backed Iraqi offensive to take back Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) gained fresh momentum on Thursday, with an armored division trying to advance into the city from the northern side.
Only two months ago, the militants would be firing 200 rockets or mortars at Iraqi forces in Mosul on any given day, Browning said, but in the past two days it dropped to about 30.
A USA official and an official from the Iraqi government said talks about keeping U.S. troops in Iraq were ongoing.
A few days after the 82nd's deployment, the Trump administration announced that it would cease disclosing information about the scope and nature of future USA troop deployments in both Iraq and Syria, citing operational security and "tactical surprise".
Tal Afar remains an important ISIS stronghold and is being targeted by the Iraqi state-backed Hashed al Shaabi militia
An American company helping secure the Iraqi base where F-16 fighter jets battle the Islamic State group turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations and allegations of sex trafficking. Iraqi forces declared the city's eastern half "liberated" in January.
It said Iraqi forces had already captured a small outlying village called Hsunah and a nearby gas factory.
The United Nations says almost half a million civilians have fled fighting since the offensive to retake Mosul started on October 17, 2016.
Baghdad said it has its own plans and strategies to face future challenges by advancing the Iraqi army through training and arming its forces. Iraq and Iran also share a religion, a long border and in some cases, national interests in the region. The campaign has since grown to include forces on the ground, with Iraqi soldiers backed by the USA -led coalition to retake territory from ISIS.
Ongoing talks are mostly centered on what form the permanent United States deployment will take, and if the Bush-era talks are to be any indicator, the focus is likely to be on ensuring that United States forces have absolute legal immunity for anything they do in Iraq.
On February 20, Mattis emphatically reaffirmed the political and military partnership between the USA and Iraq, following talks with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.
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