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.

Related:

  • US military opens investigation into Mosul airstrike

    US military opens investigation into Mosul airstrike

    The U.S. military admitted Saturday it conducted an airstrike March 17 and destroyed an ISIS truck loaded with explosives. That has the potential to undercut victories against the militants and stoke resentments that play into their hands.

    Delta serves up pizza for passengers waiting out thunderstorms

    A couple I met traveling from Hong Kong stayed the night in Seattle because their flight was either canceled or delayed. At the Atlanta airport, traveler Shadow McKnight said Friday "it looks like a disaster zone..."

    Wenger reveals Arsenal star´s Champions League torment

    You are coming into good spaces and the game starts to be played on a big, big pitch and you start to have the feeling that you can create also.
  • Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

    Markey to Trump: Negotiate with Kim Jong Un

    While we don't yet have an answer to the first question, the second has already been answered: a U.S. It's unclear whether North Korea is on the brink of war with Senator McCain.
    Brexit: UK to publish 'Great Repeal Bill' plan to replace European Union  laws

    Brexit: UK to publish 'Great Repeal Bill' plan to replace European Union laws

    The PM told the house of Commons she will represent "every person in the UK ", including European Union nationals. Their position flatly rebuffs a call by U.K.

    SpaceX's Historic Launch Proves Recycled Rockets Are the Future of Space Exploration

    This moment has been in the making for 15 years, since SpaceX was founded in 2002 with the goal of revolutionising spaceflight. This process now takes up to four months, but getting this time down is beneficial for both SpaceX and its customers.
  • North Korea calls US strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

    North Korea calls US strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

    The comments were made by a Foreign Ministry official and carried Sunday by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency. Trump and other administration officials have said all options are on the table, including military action.

    Coutinho, Firmino inspire Liverpool comeback over Stoke

    The Potters have won 23 points from their first 15 home games of a Premier League season for the third consecutive campaign. It is clear then that Mane's injury will have a big impact on Liverpool's pursuit of Champions League qualification.
    Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

    Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

    Huge coal mining companies like Peabody Energy Corp and Arch Coal fell into bankruptcy, and production 2016 hit its lowest point since 1978.
  • Red Sox play-by-play announcer leaves in middle of game due to flu

    He limped slightly and was check by the training staff, but he stayed in the game to immediately allow a sharp, go-ahead single. Bradley fell to the ground after rounding first base when he hit a flyout Saturday.
    Greece wants eurozone summit if debt talks fail: Tsipras

    Greece wants eurozone summit if debt talks fail: Tsipras

    Once that review is finalized, Greece will receive fresh disbursements from the 86 billion euro ($91.40 billion) bailout program. Greece has to reach an agreement with creditors in order to make its $7.5 billion debt payment in July.
    Four Inmates Found Dead at a SC Prison

    Four Inmates Found Dead at a SC Prison

    Authorities charged Denver Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 25, with 4 counts of murder each, according to a report. You agree that you are exclusively responsible for your communications and any content you provide.

Comments