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Defense Secretary James Mattis: U.S. Won’t Seize Iraq’s Oil

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday said that the U.S. would not try to seize Iraq’s oil, an idea President Trump floated last month that has upset Iraqi leaders. Some local lawmakers have been pressuring Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to cut back on the country’s cooperation with the U.S. due to Trump’s oil threat and his travel ban, which included Iraq and six other predominantly Muslim countries but has been blocked by courts. “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil,” Mattis told reporters after arriving in Iraq on an unannounced visit.

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