IRAQ NEWS: U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Friday that he assumed that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive. Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had confirmed information about Baghdadi’s death. / COR Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri stressed the importance of completing the task of liberating the rest of Ninewa and other provinces in order to start the process of reconstruction. / UNAMI DSRSG Lise Grande confirmed an agreement with the Iraqi government on the first phase of the reconstruction of the city of Mosul after its liberation from ISIS. Grande said in a press statement that the first phase included 70 projects for reforming the health and sanitation systems, water and electricity and civilian homes. / Clashes broke out between the Ninewa Guard and the PMF on the left side of the city of Mosul following a verbal altercation. Sources said that fistfights escalated to shootings between Ninewah Guard fighters led by Former Ninewa Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi and the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades of the PMF.