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Iraq, Syria discuss securing border as ISIS retreats

Baghdad hoping to take back Mosul, the largest Iraqi city under ISIS control, effectively defeating the group in Iraq

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi held talks on Thursday with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem about securing their common border, an official Iraqi statement said, after a partial retreat by ISIS militants.

This year the terror group has lost about half the land it seized in 2014 and 2015 in Iraq but it remains in control of territory on both sides of the northwestern border with Syria.

Abadi is hoping to take back Mosul, the largest Iraqi city under ISIS control, effectively defeating the group in Iraq.

“Securing the common border was discussed as our heroic forces get close to the border with Syria," said a statement by the Iraqi government published after the talks in Baghdad.