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US Defense Chief Visits Iraq as Offensive to Retake Mosul from IS Continues

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

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