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us coalition says daesh command centre destroyed in mosul


baghdad: the us-led military coalition on saturday said its forces destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western mosul, suspected to house a daesh command centre.the militant group disputed the assertion, saying in an online statement that friday’s strike killed 18 people, mostly women and children, and wounded 47.independent media have no access to western mosul or other areas under daesh control in iraq and syria.the militants are essentially under siege in western mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after us-backed forces surrounding the city dislodged them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.the coalition accused daesh of using the five-storey building as a military command and control facility.“the coalition was able t






iraqi forces launch push to retake western half of mosul from isis


iraqi forces launched an operation on sunday to retake the western half of mosul from the islamic state group. iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi announced the operation start on state television saying government forces were moving to "liberate the people of mosul from daesh oppression forever", using the arabic acronym for isis.according to reuters the iraqi prime minister said for the forces to “respect human rights.”iraqi forces took control of eastern mosul last month, but the west remains in the hands of entrenched extremists.the battle for mosul's western half is expected to be prolonged and difficult, due to denser population and older, narrower streets.reuters reported that the forces have “captured several villages” in mosul. “isis’s cruelty, brutality and reach show they are n






iraqi forces launch push to retake western mosul from is


mosul, iraq — iraqi forces launched an operation sunday to retake the western half of mosul from the islamic state group.iraqi prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation early sunday morning on state television, saying government forces were moving to “liberate the people of mosul from daesh oppression forever”, using the arabic acronym for is.southwest of mosul, near the city’s is-held airport, plumes of smoke were seen rising into the sky as coalition aircraft bombed militant positions. further south at an iraqi base, federal police forces were gathering and getting ready to move north.iraqi forces took control of eastern mosul last month, but the west remains in the hands of entrenched extremists.mosul, iraq’s second-largest city, is roughly split in half by the






us led coalition says is command center destroyed in mosul medical complex


by: reuters | baghdad | published:february 18, 2017 4:05 pmthe us-led military coalition on saturday said its forces struck a building in the main medical complex of western mosul, suspected to house an islamic state command center. the strike, carried out on friday, follows reports that the militants are dug in among civilians on the western side of mosul and are storing weapons in hospitals, schools, mosques and churches as a tactic to avoid targeting.watch what else is making newsthe militants are essentially under siege in western mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after us backed forces surrounding the city dislodged them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded last month.“the coalition was able to determine through intelligence, surveillance an






iraqi military says troops consolidate gains south of mosul


as forces push toward western mosul they expect to begin encountering more civilians that will make it more difficult to use artilleryabu saif: iraqi forces were consolidating their gains south of mosul on tuesday ahead of moving into the city’s daesh-held western half, a military spokesman said, as civilians fled along the front line to government-controlled areas.the remarks came on the third day of what is expected to be the definitive push to rout the daesh terror group from iraq’s second-largest city.the spokesman of the joint military operation command, brig. gen. yahya rasool, told the associated press that nearly 123 square kilometres have been taken south of mosul since the new push started on sunday.the troops now fully control the strategical hill of abu saif overlooking the mos






iraq resumes offensive to retake mosul from islamic state, prime minister says


baghdad — iraqi prime minister haidar al-abadi on sunday announced the resumption of a military offensive to drive the islamic state group from the northern city of mosul, the militant group’s last major iraqi redoubt.“it’s a new dawn, a dawn of victories,” abadi said in an address on state television early sunday, as federal police forces supported by warplanes and artillery fire advanced on western mosul from the south.using an arabic acronym for the islamic state, abadi vowed to “liberate the people from the injustice of daesh forever” and said the military’s focus would be on the “people before the ground,” referring to concerns for the safety of hundreds of thousands of civilians who remain in mosul. iraqi forces backed by a u.s.-led coalition recaptured eastern mosul last month afte






australian bombers and medics playing key role in the battle for mosul


australian forces are playing a key role in the escalating battle for the iraqi city of mosul, bombing 130 islamic state targets and deploying special forces medics close to the frontline to treat wounded iraqi soldiers.raaf pilots have hit is fighters, car bomb factories, artillery positions, weapons caches, tunnel entrances and water supplies across the city since october, when iraq and its coalition supporters launched their offensive.minister: power surplus, but please don't use it.video duration01:41previous slidenext slidevideo duration02:10the battle for mosulthe battle for mosuleast mosul has been won, but the battle west of the tigris river will be even more intense, according to australia's defence commanders.minister: power surplus, but please don't use it.video duration01:41...






250,000 more iraqis could flee mosul as fighting moves west: un


by: afp | geneva | published:february 4, 2017 1:12 am civilians flee their villages due to fighting between iraqi security forces and islamic state militants, on the outskirts of mosul, iraq, thursday, jan. 26, 2017. (ap p o/khalid mohammed)up to a quarter of a million iraqis could flee their homes as the city of mosul braces for an escalation of the conflict in its densely-populated west, the un warned on friday. the un refugee agency and other organi ions are urgently preparing to respond “to a potential significant new flight of displaced iraqis escaping the latest phase in the military offensive in western mosul,” unhcr spokesman matthew saltmarsh told reporters.watch what else is making news:he said that as many as a quarter million more people could be displaced as fighting escalate






iraqi forces reach vicinity of key mosul airport


iraqi forces—backed by the u.s.—were closing in on the mosul airport monday after pushing back isis fighters at a nearby hill, reuters reported, citing the iraqi military.the troops were working on regaining the west side of the city and overtaking the airport would be a major blow to militants. mosul fell to isis in the summer of 2014, along with large swaths of northern and western iraq.lt. gen. stephen townsend, a top u.s. commander in iraq, said the iraqi forces are an "increasingly capable, formidable and professional force.""mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world, and the iraqi forces have risen to the challenge," he said in a statement.ground units pushed into a belt of villages outside the country's second-largest city sunday and plumes of smoke rose into the sky ea






iraqi forces reach vicinity of key mosul airport


iraqi forces—backed by the u.s.—have are nearing in on the mosul airport monday after they pushed back isis fighters at a nearby hill, reuters reported, citing the iraqi military.the troops are working on regaining the west side of the city and overtaking the airport would be a major blow to militants. mosul fell to is in the summer of 2014, along with large swaths of northern and western iraq.lt. gen. stephen townsend, a top u.s. commander in iraq, said the iraqi forces are an "increasingly capable, formidable and professional force.""mosul would be a tough fight for any army in the world, and the iraqi forces have risen to the challenge," he said in a statement.ground units pushed into a belt of villages outside the country's second-largest city sunday and plumes of smoke rose into the s






is counterattacks as iraqi forces prepare for mosul push


hamdaniyah, iraq — the iraqi army has been moving troops around mosul ahead of an expected push to retake its western half from the islamic state group in the final decisive battle for the city, a commander said tuesday. “we are preparing ... to launch a big operation in order to liberate the rest of mosul,” said brig. walid khalifa, deputy commander of the iraqi army’s 9th division.on tuesday afternoon, dozens of armored vehicle and troops could be seen moving around the city. khalifa said the maneuvers began on sunday.but even as the iraqi forces began moving into place, is launched a significant counterattack near the town of tal afar, west of mosul, on sunday night.the is detonated some 17 car bombs, targeting a position held by iraq’s government-sanctioned mostly shiite militia forces






iraqi security forces storm mosul airport, military base


control of airport will give iraqi forces leverage to attack the rest of west mosuliraqi federal police deploy after regaining control of the town of abu saif, west of mosul, iraq, wednesday, feb. 22, 2017. the battle for mosul, backed by the u.s.-led coalition, has already driven the militants from the eastern half of the city, which is divided roughly in half by the tigris river. (ap photo/ khalid mohammed)baghdad: us-backed iraqi security forces closing in on the islamic state-held western half of mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on thursday, state television said.counter-terrorism service (cts) troops and elite interior ministry units known as rapid response descended on the airport early on thursday and the nearby ghozlani military complex, cts spokesman s..






is counter-attacks as iraqi forces prepare for mosul push


by: ap | hamdaniyah | published:february 15, 2017 1:35 amthe iraqi army has been moving troops around mosul ahead of an expected push to retake its western half from the islamic state group in the final decisive battle for the city, a commander said today. “we are preparing … to launch a big operation in order to liberate the rest of mosul,” said brig. walid khalifa, deputy commander of the iraqi army’s 9th division.today afternoon, dozens of armored vehicle and troops could be seen moving around the city. khalifa said the maneuvers began on sunday.watch what else is in the newsbut even as the iraqi forces began moving into place, is launched a significant counterattack near the town of tal afar, west of mosul, on sunday night.the is detonated some 17 car bombs, targeting a position held






iraqi forces storm mosul airport and military base in offensive against islamic


south of mosul: us-backed iraqi security forces captured mosul airport on thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive islamic state from the western half of the city.elite counter terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of tal al-rumman and al-mamoun. smoke rises after an airstrike near mosul earlier this week. photo: the canadian press/ aplosing mosul could spell the end of the iraqi side of militants' self-styled caliphate in iraq and syria, which islamic state leader abu bakr al-baghdadi declared from the city after sweeping through vast areas of iraq in 2014.iraqi forces hope to use the airport as a launchpad for their campaign to drive the militants from iraq's seco...






iraq resumes offensive to retake mosul from islamic state, prime minister says


baghdad — iraqi prime minister haidar al-abadi on sunday announced the resumption of a military offensive to defeat the islamic state group in the northern city of mosul, in a final push to drive the militants from one of the country’s largest cities and their last major redoubt in iraq.“it’s a new dawn, a dawn of victories,” abadi said in an address on state television early sunday, as iraqi forces, including units from the army, federal police and state-sanctioned militias advanced on mosul from the south and west. iraqi forces, backed by a u.s.-led coalition, recaptured eastern mosul last month after a grueling, months-long offensive that began in october. they were met with determined resistance by the militants, who used snipers, roadside bombs and armored explosive-laden vehicles to






us commander says mosul, raqqa will be retaken within six months


p taji, iraq—forces fighting the islamic state group should be able to retake the is-held cities of mosul in iraq and raqqa in syria within the next six months, according to the top u.s. commander in iraq.on a tour north of baghdad wednesday, u.s. army lt. gen. stephen townsend said “within the next six months i think we’ll see both (the mosul and raqqa paigns) conclude.”townsend, who heads the u.s.-led coalition against is, said iraq’s military is still in the process of putting forces into place ahead of the push into western mosul, but predicted operations would begin “in the next few days.”iraqi forces declared mosul’s east “fully liberated” in january after launching the operation to retake the city in october.share this:






iraqi forces push to take villages west of mosul


by: ap | baghdad | published:february 22, 2017 2:57 pm an iraqi soldier searches a house during clashes with islamic state fighters in al-qasar, southeast of mosul. (source: reuters/file)iraq’s government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of mosul from islamic state militants. the forces’ spokesman, ahmed al-asadi, said on wednesday that the villages are located southwest of the town of tal afar, still held by the islamic state group.he didn’t provide details but the move by the umbrella group of mostly shiite militias known as the popular mobilisation forces is likely coordinated with government effort to recapture western part of mosul from the islamic state.watch what else is maki...






iraq forces converge on mosul airport


experts believe the city’s west bank could prove even harder to retake than the east as the residents may be wary of government forces iraqi forces, supported by the hashed al-shaabi (popular mobilisation) paramilitaries, advance near the village of sheikh younis, south of mosul, after the offencive to retake the western side of the city from islamic state (is) group fighters commenced on february 19, 2017.oreij (iraq): iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way to mosul airport on monday as they prepared to take on daesh’s stronghold in the city’s west bank.the fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk getting killed trying to flee and face starvation if they stay.“the federal police has resumed i






iraqi forces retake runway at mosul international airport


iraqi federal police forces – backed by u.s. air support – entered mosul international airport and took control of the runway from the islamic state, an official said thursday.thursday’s advance is part of a major assault that started five days ago to drive isis militants from the western half of mosul, iraq’s second-largest city.two police officers said the airport buildings were under fire from iraqi forces. they would not provide more information but said the u.s.-led coalition is with the advancing forces.reuters reported monday that iraqi forces were closing in on the airport after pushing isis fighters back at a nearby hill. the troops were working on regaining the west side of the city and overtaking the airport completely would be a major blow to militants.mosul fell to is...






iraqi forces retake runway from isis at mosul international airport


iraqi federal police forces – backed by u.s. air support – entered mosul international airport and took control of the runway from the islamic state, an official said thursday.thursday’s advance is part of a major assault that started five days ago to drive isis militants from the western half of mosul, iraq’s second-largest city.two police officers said the airport buildings were under fire from iraqi forces. they would not provide more information but said the u.s.-led coalition is with the advancing forces.reuters reported monday that iraqi forces were closing in on the airport after pushing isis fighters back at a nearby hill. the troops were working on regaining the west side of the city and overtaking the airport completely would be a major blow to militants.mosul fell to is...






discarded is receipts offer glimpse into former mosul life


mosul, iraq — receipts from taxi rides, ledgers listing internet usage for the privileged few and random logbooks documenting an ever tighter economy are just some of the documents that islamic state militants left behind when they fled eastern mosul in the face of a ncing iraqi forces.the discarded papers and bundles of receipts, found on a recent visit to a home used as a base for the militants in the city, offer an unusual glimpse into the islamic state group’s daily life and economy.in the months leading up to the mosul offensive, is fighters were increasingly pushed underground by punishing u.s.-led coalition airstrikes.the bookkeeping reveals how is bases had become increasingly like bunkers, but also how easily the fighters were able to move within their so-called caliphate just a y






iraqi troops move on west mosul


raw: iraqi troops move on west mosuliraqi forces launched a broad offensive on the western side of mosul early sunday morning local time. (feb. 19)






iraqi forces launch large-scale push to retake western mosul from isis


u.s.-backed iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on sunday to retake the western half of mosul and dislodge islamic state militants. it is the latest phase in a 4-month-old offensive to retake iraq’s second largest city.prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation on state tv, saying government forces were moving to "liberate the people of mosul from daesh oppression and terrorism forever," using the arabic acronym for isis. he called on security forces to deal with civilians properly and to respect human rights.iraqi forces declared eastern mosul “fully liberated” last month, however isis militants continued to launch attacks there. hours after the latest operation was announced, suicide bombers struck troops and pro-government sunni militiamen in






iraqi forces push into mosul’s main military base by airport


baghdad — iraq’s special forces say they have begun an assault against the islamic state group on a sprawling military base south of mosul that’s adjacent to the city’s airport.two iraqi special forces officers say their troops have reached the ghazlani base on the city’s southern edge on thursday morning and that clashes there are underway.a federal police officer says his forces are also pushing toward the mosul airport. all officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.the advances come days after iraqi forces officially launched the operation to push is out of mosul’s western half.the operation to retake iraq’s second largest city was officially launched in october and in january its eastern half was declared “fully libera...






u.s.-backed iraqi forces enter mosul airport, military base


by qassim abdul-zahra, sinan salaheddin and susannah george | apby qassim abdul-zahra, sinan salaheddin and susannah george | apfebruary 23 at 4:29 pmsouth of mosul, iraq — closely supported by the u.s.-led international coalition, iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, where they took control of the runway.the three-pronged attack began just after sunrise, with three convoys of iraqi forces snaking north across nineveh’s hilly desert on mosul’s southern approach. iraq’s special forces joined federal police and rapid response units in the push — part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive is from the western half of iraq’s se...






iraq launches operation to retake western mosul from islamic state


in this feb. 1, 2017 photo, nineveh police forces train with spanish coalition members at basmaya base,southeast of baghdad. while the battle for mosul is largely paused, the u.s.-led coalition is ramping up training of nineveh police forces to move into villages and parts of mosul retaken from the islamic state.(photo: karim kadim, ap) 26099 connectlinkedinemailmoreirbil, iraq — u.s.-backed iraqi forces launched an offensive sunday to drive the islamic state from its last stronghold in the country, an operation that also risks triggering a massive humanitarian crisis.prime minister haider al-abadi announced the move to retake control of western part of mosul, iraq's second-largest city, saying in a televised statement, "our forces are beginning the liberation of the citizens from the terr






iraqi forces storm mosul airport, military base; close in on islamic state


by: reuters | baghdad | published:february 23, 2017 12:59 pm iraqi army soldiers search for islamic state militants in a recently liberated village outside mosul, iraq. (ap photo/photo)u.s.-backed iraqi security forces closing in on the islamic state-held western half of mosul stormed the city’s airport and a nearby military base on thursday, state television said. counter-terrorism service (cts) troops and elite interior ministry units, known as rapid response, descended on the airport early on thursday and the nearby ghozlani military complex, cts spokesman sabah al-numan told state tv.watch what else is making news“our forces started a major operation early this morning to storm the airport of mosul and the ghozlani base to dislodge daesh (islamic state) terrorists. we can conf...






u.s.-backed iraqi forces advance on isis-held western mosul


hamam al-alil, iraq — u.s.-backed iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on sunday to dislodge islamic state militants from the western half of mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake iraq’s second largest city. the battle for western mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the city west of the tigris river has older, narrower streets and is still home to hundreds of thousands of civilians, who have been told to shelter in place. iraq declared eastern mosul “fully liberated” last month, but is has continued to launch attacks there. hours after the latest operation was announced, suicide bombers struck troops and pro-government sunni militiamen in eastern mosul. prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation on






u.s.-backed iraqi forces advance on isis-held western mosul


hamam al-alil, iraq — u.s.-backed iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on sunday to dislodge islamic state militants from the western half of mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake iraq’s second largest city. the battle for western mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the city west of the tigris river has older, narrower streets and is still home to hundreds of thousands of civilians, who have been told to shelter in place. iraq declared eastern mosul “fully liberated” last month, but is has continued to launch attacks there. hours after the latest operation was announced, suicide bombers struck troops and pro-government sunni militiamen in eastern mosul. prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation on






iraqi troops advance on western mosul as jim mattis holds talks


by: ap | mosul | published:february 21, 2017 11:49 am us secretary of defense jim mattis held discussions with us and iraqi officials, a week before he is expected to present a new strategy to president donald trump for defeating the islamic state group.iraqi forces advanced on tuesday into the southern outskirts of mosul on the second day of a push to drive islamic state militants from the city’s western half, as the visiting us defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists. with aerial support from the us-led coalition, iraqi police and army troops launched the offensive sunday, part of a 100-day-old campaign that has already driven the militants from the eastern half of the city.watch what else is making newsiraqi helicopters fired rockets at the vill






water cut in syria’s raqqa after main pipeline destroyed


activist group criticises destruction of two bridges saying they are used by civiliansbeirut: the us-led coalition’s aircraft have destroyed the main water pipeline supplying the northern syrian city of raqqa, the de facto capital of the daesh terror group, and two bridges linking it with the southern countryside amid fighting between the extremist group and us-backed fighters, activists said on friday.the coalition has been targeting daesh in the area for more than two years and us-backed kurdish-led fighters have been on the offensive in nearby areas, mostly north of raqqa. the city is the de facto capital of daesh’s self-declared caliphate and has been held by the extremist group since january 2014.the attacks on raqqa are similar to those conducted in iraq late last year when iraqi for






u.s.-backed iraqi forces enter mosul airport, military base


baghdad — backed by the u.s.-led international coalition, iraqi forces fought their way thursday into a sprawling military base outside of mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with islamic state militants. the two-pronged advance is part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the islamic state group from the western half of mosul, iraq’s second-largest city. the iraqi federal police units, backed by regular army forces, entered the airport on thursday morning, according to two police officials who said heavy clashes were underway hours later with is militants hunkered down inside several airport buildings. the officials said troops from the u.s.-led coalition were with the adv...






iraqi forces advance against islamic state into mosul airport


baghdad — iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of mosul international airport on thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with islamic state militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials said.the advance came as part of a major assault that started five days earlier to drive the islamic state group from the western half of mosul, iraq’s second-largest city.two police officials told the associated press that after police forces pushed onto the airport grounds and seized the runway, they came under heavy fire from inside the buildings at the site, including the main airport building.the officials would not provide more details but said heavy exchanges were underway. they said troops from the u.s.-led coalition were ...






us commander: mosul and raqqa should be retaken in 6 months


forces fighting the islamic state group should be able to retake the isis-held cities of mosul in iraq and raqqa in syria within the next six months, according to the top u.s. commander in iraq.russia sends syria its largest missile delivery to date, officials sayfirst, the military should have raqqa surrounded in the "next few weeks," baghdad-based u.s. military spokesman col. john dorrian told reporters wednesday."raqqa is a city that the enemy uses for external operations, so what we would expect is that within the next few weeks, the city will be nearly completely isolated," giving troops the opportunity to move in, dorrian said.centcom pushes back on report yemen asked to stop ground missionson a tour north of baghdad wednesday, u.s. army lt. gen. stephen townsend said "within the nex






iraqi forces push up to mosul’s key military base by airport


by qassim abdul-zahra and sinan salaheddin | apby qassim abdul-zahra and sinan salaheddin | apfebruary 23 at 8:49 ambaghdad — iraqi forces backed by the u.s.-led international coalition fought their way thursday into a sprawling military base outside of mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with islamic state group militants.the two-pronged advance is part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive is from the western half of mosul, iraq’s second-largest cityiraqi federal police units, backed by regular army forces, entered the airport thursday morning, according to two police officials who said heavy clashes were underway hours later with is militants hunkered down inside several airport b...






iraqi forces advance on isis-held western mosul


hamam al-alil, iraq — u.s.-backed iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on sunday to dislodge islamic state militants from the western half of mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake iraq’s second largest city.the battle for western mosul promises to be the most daunting yet, as the half of the city west of the tigris river has older, narrower streets and is still home to hundreds of thousands of civilians, who have been told to shelter in place.iraq declared eastern mosul “fully liberated” last month, but is has continued to launch attacks there. hours after the latest operation was announced, suicide bombers struck troops and pro-government sunni militiamen in eastern mosul.prime minister haider al-abadi announced the start of the operation on sta






u.s. troops in iraq move closer to the front lines in fight for mosul


baghdad — the pentagon is deploying u.s. military advisers closer to the front lines in the campaign against the islamic state as iraqi security forces wrestle for control of the city of mosul, the top u.s. commander here said monday.army lt. gen. stephen townsend said that the advisers, numbering about 450, are “operating closer and deeper into iraqi formations” as a new assault on western mosul gets underway. u.s. commanders made the adjustment during the fight for the eastern side of the city, which began in october and ended last month, and the deployment has continued with the attempt, beginning sunday, to capture western mosul, townsend said.it marks the first time the u.s. military has acknowledged how close american service members are to the front lines as it assists what townsend






how trump kept gorsuch nomination a secret until the clock struck 8


tuesday night’s presidential announcement of a supreme court nomination had all the makings of a donald j. trump production — except for this: the secret held.when president trump strode down the red-carpeted hallway of the white house to take the lectern beneath the crystal chandeliers of the east room and face a bank of live eras — in prime time, at 8:02 p.m. sharp — his viewers did not know for certain which of the finalists might step forward to claim a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.it was judge neil gorsuch who did so, walking from a side room with his wife, louise, to join the president at center stage.“so was it a surprise?” trump asked in his remarks.it was.president trump, right, shakes the hand of judge neil gorsuch during a supreme court nominee announcement in the