Iraqi Prime Minster Haidar al-Abadi speaks to the press at the airport in Baghdad before leaving to the United States on April 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI
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Iraq's prime minister will plead for more US military support in the war against insurgent ISIS jihadis during a first White House meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday.ISIS has lost control of 25 to 30 percent of the territory it holds in the country following the Iraqi offensive and nearly 1,900 coalition air strikes, according to the Pentagon.Critics say Obama's drawdown of US troops in Iraq was a strategic blunder that allowed ISIS to flourish.A recent Iraqi effort to wrest control of Tikrit stalled until the US military pounded ISIS positions with air strikes.The United States is leading an international coalition waging a campaign of air strikes against ISIS and also providing arms and training for Iraqi security forces.
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