U.S. Military Plane Crash in Mississippi Kills 16
A U.S. military plane crashed Monday in the southern state of Mississippi, killing at least 16 people.
Officials did not give details about where the plane originated from or where it was flying when it went down in a field about 150 kilometers north of Mississippi's capital city, Jackson. The cause of the crash was also not clear.
Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns said only that a KC-130 aircraft "experienced a mishap."
Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters that 16 bodies had been recovered from the site of the crash.
Marcus Banks, the fire chief from the city of Greenwood, said debris from the plane was scattered in a radius of about eight kilometers.
Trump Congratulates Iraqis on Liberation of Mosul
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated Iraq, its prime minister, and security forces for liberating the city of Mosul from Islamic State.
In a White House statement, Trump said defeating the militant group in Mosul "signals that its days in Iraq and Syria are numbered." He further pledged to "continue to seek the total destruction of ISIS," using an acronym for Islamic State.
Trump said the United States grieves for the thousands of Iraqis who suffered and died at the hands of Islamic State along with the "loss of the heroic soldiers and Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters) who gave their lives."
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared victory on Monday in the city that the militant group had declared the capital of its caliphate in Iraq.
Speaking from Mosul's Old City in a speech carried on state television, Abadi said the win is a victory over oppression, brutality and terrorism.
"I declare in Mosul, from Mosul, to all people the...failure and collapse of the terrorist Islamic State," he said.
Abadi said Iraq still faces challenges, including destroying Islamic State terror cells that still exist in the country and creating stability for the entire nation.
The U.S. military welcomed Abadi's statement but said there are still areas of the Old City of Mosul that must be cleared of explosives and possible ISIS fighters in hiding.
Hours before Abadi's speech, witnesses reported heavy fighting still underway in parts of Mosul.
The commanding U.S. general of the coalition operation in Mosul, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, said, "This victory alone does not eliminate ISIS and there is still a tough fight ahead. But the loss of one of its twin capitals and a jewel of their so-called caliphate is a decisive blow."
Islamic State still controls some territory outside Mosul as well as much bigger areas in neighboring Syria.