NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) arrives at federal court for his trial on corruption charges accompanied by son Robert Jr, and daughter Alicia Menendez on September 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. The senator is accused of accepting bribes in regard to his relationship with campaign donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

In 2014, ISIS controlled around 34,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. As of Friday, ISIS lost its last stronghold in Iraq.
That’s because on Friday morning Iraqi troops and US-led coalition forces retook Rawa — a small town in northwestern Iraq — after about five hours of fighting. ISIS has now effectively lost all of its territory in Iraq, even though some of the group’s militants still operate in the country’s western rural areas near the border with Syria.
Now that Iraq’s flag hangs over Rawa once more, Brett McGurk, President Donald Trump’s diplomatic envoy for the US-led coalition, congratulated the Iraqi fighters on Twitter and announced that the “days of [ISIS’s] phony ‘caliphate’ are coming to an end.” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also praised his forces, noting how quickly they retook the town.
The Pentagon says the US has around 5,300 troops tasked with helping the Iraqi military …
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