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July 23, 2015 9:38 am

US Defense Secretary Carter Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq

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Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Iraq on Thursday. Photo: Department of Defense.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Iraq on Thursday. Photo: Department of Defense.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Thursday morning as American and Iraqi military officials finished plans for an assault meant to retake Ramadi from the Islamic State.

Iraqi security forces, backed by American airstrikes, have in recent days begun conducting what a senior American military official called “shaping” and “isolating” operations around Ramadi, a pivotal city about 65 miles west of Baghdad. The Iraqis have several thousand troops ready to attack the city.

Read full story at The Times of Israel.

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