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US Defense Chief Meets Kurdish Leaders in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is meeting Kurdish leaders during an unannounced visit to the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region. Carter landed early Friday in Irbil, where he is expected to confer with the Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani, a key ally of Washington. Kurdish peshmerga fighters have emerged as one of the most capable forces in the battle against Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and in neighboring Syria. The U.S. is...

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