Carter: US will use Iraq city as base to retake Mosul

FILE -- In this Thursday, June 30, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. As Carter arrived in Iraq, Monday, July 11, 2016, he said U.S. and coalition forces will use the newly retaken air base in Qayara as a staging hub as Iraqi security forces move closer to the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants. Carter landed in Baghdad on an unannounced visit and says U.S. advisers are prepared to accompany Iraqi battalions, if needed, as those units move closer to the fight for Mosul. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. and coalition forces will use the newly retaken air base in Qayara as a staging hub, as Iraqi security forces move forward in the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday as he arrived in Iraq.

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