US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

"We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Mattis told reporters on his trip.

Mattis told reporters that USA rules of engagement in the fight against ISIS will not be changed from the Obama administration's.

Mattis remarks are only the latest example of his policy differences with Trump. "Maybe we'll have another chance".

Trump brought up the issue during the campaign and told Central Intelligence Agency staff in January: "We should have kept the oil".

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His visit comes a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the ground offensive on western Mosul, where Islamic State militants are essentially under siege along with about 650,000 civilians.

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis arrived in the United Arab Emirates today, his first trip to the Middle East since taking office last month.

According to Indian Express, he said this keeping away from the comments by President Donald Trump before he reaches to Baghdad on Monday.

Mattis is finalizing plans at Trump's request to accelerate the defeat of the Islamic State and is expected to meet senior USA and Iraqi officials while in Iraq. "We are not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", he said.

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NPR's Alice Fordham says Iraqi leaders have been rattled by Trump's comments about seizing their oil, and by the President's inclusion of Iraq in his Executive Order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. "But no, the press is a constituency - as far as I'm concerned - that we deal with and I don't have any issues with the press, myself".

A US -led global coalition has also been conducting air raids against IS targets in both Iraq and Syria.

After a federal judge blocked Trump's travel ban, the White House is planning a new order this week that would tweak it to circumvent the court.

That's a critical message to send right now, as we do continue to need Iraq's cooperation in the ISIS fight, and because Mattis has been tasked with finding a strategy for defeating it.

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