Pen­tagon chief in Baghdad for talks on IS fight

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PEN­TAGON chief Ash­ton Carter ar­rived in Baghdad yes­ter­day for talks with Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi on the fight against the Is­lamic State group and plans to re­cap­ture Mo­sul from the ji­hadists.

Mr Carter’s unan­nounced visit – his fourth to Iraq since be­gin­ning his job in Fe­bru­ary 2015 – comes two days after Iraqi forces cap­tured an airbase to the south of Mo­sul that is seen as an im­por­tant step to­ward the even­tual bat­tle for the coun­try’s sec­ond city, which has been un­der IS con­trol since June 2014.

More than two years after IS over­ran large parts of Iraq as well as ter­ri­tory in neigh­bour­ing Syria, Mr Carter wants to high­light suc­cesses, even as the ji­hadists have fought back with dev­as­tat­ing at­tacks in Iraq and abroad.

“What I’ll be dis­cussing with Prime Min­is­ter Abadi and our com­man­ders there are the next plays in the cam­paign, which in­volve the col­lapse and con­trol over Mo­sul,” Mr Carter told re­porters aboard a mil­i­tary plane ahead of his visit.

The ul­ti­mate goal, he added, was “the re­cap­ture of all of Iraqi ter­ri­tory by the Iraqi se­cu­rity forces, but of course Mo­sul is the big­gest part of that”. –

Photo: AFP

Iraqi po­lice in­spect the scene of a mor­tar and bomb­ing at­tack on the Sayyid Mo­hammed shrine in Balad, 70 kilo­me­tres from Baghdad, on July 8. The Is­lamic State group car­ried out the at­tack on the Shia shrine that killed 30 peo­ple.

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