Nouri Maliki

US official says IS has lost half its territory in Iraq

Iraqi forces aided by the U.S.-led coalition have retaken half the territory the Islamic State group once held in the country, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday during a visit to Baghdad.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken also announced $181 million to address a humanitarian crisis that has festered in Iraq despite progress on the battlefield. More than 3.3 million Iraqis remain displaced from their homes due to violence, according to the United Nations.

Despite a series of major defeats in recent months, IS still controls Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. Iraq hopes to launch an operation to retake Mosul this year, which U.N. and U.S. officials say could...

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