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Se­nior di­plo­mat in Iraq to ob­serve bat­tle

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US De­fence Sec­re­tary Ash Carter flew into Ir­bil yes­ter­day to get a closer look at the fight against ISIS in north­ern Iraq and likely ex­pand his dis­cus­sions about the role of Turk­ish troops in the re­gion.

Carter (pic­tured ar­riv­ing) was ex­pected to meet with Kur­dish leader Ma­soud Barzani, as well as mil­i­tary com­man­ders who are not far from the bat­tle to re­take the north­ern city of Mo­sul.

Carter spent Satur­day in Bagh­dad get­ting up­dates from his top mil­i­tary lead­er­ship and meet­ing with Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haider Al Abadi. He said the US is pre­pared to pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port for the fight if re­quested by Iraq and US com­man­ders.

Iraqi Kur­dish forces, known as pesh­merga, have been ad­vanc­ing to­ward Mo­sul from the north, mov­ing in long col­umns of ar­moured ve­hi­cles. More than 100 US spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces are em­bed­ded with the Kurds and Iraqi mil­i­tary com­man­dos. Mo­sul, how­ever, is a Sunni ma­jor­ity town, and many worry about the in­volve­ment of govern­ment-sanc­tioned Shia fight­ers. But they are also sus­pi­cious of the Kurds, who have am­bi­tions to ex­pand their self-rule area into parts of Ninevah prov­ince, where Mo­sul is lo­cated – although not to the city it­self.

US mil­i­tary of­fi­cials say the Pesh­merga will stop their mil­i­tary ad­vance about 30km out­side of Mo­sul and hold that ter­ri­tory to en­sure in­sur­gents don’t re­group. The Shia mili­tias have said they will not en­ter the city it­self.

ISIS cap­tured Mo­sul and the sur­round­ing area dur­ing a light­ning ad­vance across north­ern Iraq in the sum­mer of 2014.

Sandy Ta­bet, 22, has been crowned Miss Lebanon 2016. She de­feated 13 other con­tes­tants to bag the crown at Casino Du Liban in Jounieh, north of Beirut, Lebanon, on Satur­day. Ta­bet will now rep­re­sent her coun­try at the Miss World 2016 pageant, which will take place in Wash­ing­ton DC, in the US, in De­cem­ber.

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