Carter confident US will remain key to anti-IS coalition

In this Dec. 11, 2016, photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter waves to a group of Iraqi and U.S. soldiers during his visit to the Qayara air base, south of Mosul, Iraq. Carter is convening his final war-planning conference with core members of the anti-Islamic State coalition. The session gets underway Dec. 15 in London amid questions within the coalition about what President-elect Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House next month will mean for the future of the coalition. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed confidence Thursday that under the Trump administration the U.S. will remain central to the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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