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For Donald Trump, this was supposed to be a week in which he established himself as the only presidential candidate fit to serve as commander in chief.

The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.

"In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits," he said.

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