U.S. President Donald Trump visited Israel on Monday, where he reaffirmed Washington's close ties with Israel, slammed mutual rival Iran, and spoke optimistically about the possibility of peace with the Palestinians. VOA White House correspondent Steve Herman reports from Jerusalem.
The last few Iraqi neighborhoods held by Islamic State in Mosul may be the hardest to retake as the militants put up fierce resistance to hold on to what has been their main stronghold in Iraq for almost three years. Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. have fought to recapture Mosul since October. Despite the hard battle ahead, officials and observers are confident of a victory in the coming days. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.