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Ash Carter US defense chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

Iraqi government forces said on Saturday they took back control of the Qayara airbase, 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still controlled by the hardline militant group. 

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U.S. defense chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

(Daily Times)

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Monday to meet U.S. military commanders and Iraqi officials, as Washington seeks to capitalize on the recent seizure of a major airbase close to Islamic State-held Mosul.

U.S. officials said Carter would meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi, as well as U.S. Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, the head of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

Iraqi government forces said on Saturday they took back control of the Qayara airbase, 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still controlled by the hardline militant group. 

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