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US Defense Chief Visits Iraq as Mosul Offensive Continues

Following a meeting Saturday with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Iraq's prime minister declined an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State. Haider al-Abadi insisted that Iraqi, Kurdish and other local forces would handle the battle for Mosul and the rest of the territory with no problems, adding that if help was needed, "we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries." "The battle of Mosul is an...

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