Iraq's Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali, walks with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during his visit, in Baghdad, Iraq August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Daesh (ISIS) militants are caught in a military vise that will squeeze them from both ends of the Euphrates River valley that bisects Iraq and Syria.His visit comes after U.S.-assisted Iraqi forces completed the liberation of Mosul and are now attempting to recapture the city of Tal Afar. After that, they are expected to focus on pushing Daesh out of an area dubbed the Middle Euphrates River Valley, stretching north and west from the Iraqi city of al-Qaim into eastern Syria.
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