US defense secretary in Iraq for anti-ISIL talks

Carter's talks will focus on anti-ISIL operations in Mosul

US defense secretary in Iraq for anti-ISIL talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad on Sunday for talks with Iraqi officials on the war against the ISIL extremist group.

Carter will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and commanders of U.S. forces in Iraq to discuss an ongoing offensive to oust ISIL from the northern city of Mosul, a source with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to the media.

It was not immediately clear how long Carter would stay in Baghdad.

In October, Carter visited Baghdad and the northern city of Erbil for talks on the anti-ISIL operations in Mosul.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which has been striking ISIL targets from the air -- in both Iraq and Syria -- since the extremist group’s dramatic territorial gains in 2014.

In late October, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes and local allies on the ground -- launched a major offensive to retake Mosul, the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq.

Last Mod: 11 Aralık 2016, 16:09
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