U.S. defense chief arrives in Iraq on surprise visit

14:06, 18 April 2016
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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday to meet U.S. military commanders and Iraqi officials, as Washington looks for ways to build on recent gains against the Islamic State militant group, Reuters reported.


U.S. officials said Carter would meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi, and discuss specific additional military assistance the United States could provide to the Iraqi government, according to Reuters.

Iraq's army has recently retaken some territory captured by Islamic State.

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