Trump's son-in-law lands 16km from Mosul

CNN host Jake Tapper mocked President Trump for over-using his son-in-law Jared Kushner after it was reported that the President had sent his son-in-law to Iraq on Sunday.

Stepping up the drive to clear out Islamic State's last strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and increasingly influential adviser, arrived Monday with Joint Chiefs of Staff head Gen. Joseph Dunford for talks in Baghdad with top Iraqi military leaders.

Mr. Kushner was "traveling on behalf of the president to express the president's support and commitment" to USA and Iraqi forces battling Islamic State, said Joint Chiefs spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks.

Gen. Dunford told reporters en route to Iraq the invitation extended to the White House officials, which was only revealed Sunday, was to provide the White House "first-hand and unfiltered" assessment of the US -led campaign against Islamic State.

That kind of ground-level awareness of the war helps inform strategic decisions, Dunford said, adding it was the same reason he regularly leaves Washington to visit Iraq.

The trip begins against a backdrop of an ongoing investigation into civilian deaths in an area of Mosul near the site of an air-strike by USA -led coalition forces last month.

Kushner's wife Ivanka, the 35-year-old first daughter, also plays a key role in advising her father.

His visit marks an early foray for the Trump administration into the situation in Iraq and came just two weeks after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was assured by the president the US will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

I hope the victory that you have in Mosul in the near future will not just be a victory for the American and Iraqi troops but it will be a victory for the world.

Although the loss of Mosul would deal a major defeat to Islamic State, U.S. and Iraqi officials are preparing for smaller battles even after the city is recaptured and expect the group to go underground to fight as a traditional insurgency.

Almost 290,000 people have fled the city to escape the fighting, according to the United Nations.

What happens to the USA military role in Iraq after Mosul is recaptured remain unclear. The U.S. Justice Department has announced an appeal.

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