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Pentagon chief in Gulf to seek support for Iraq

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will hold talks with regional leaders including Saudi King Salman and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-NahyanUS Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for a six-day Gulf tour aimed at galvanising support for Iraq as it battles the Islamic State group. Washington is eager to see the Gulf Arab monarchies do more to help Baghdad at a crucial moment in its fight against the jihadists. “The success of the campaign against ISIL in Iraq does depend upon political and economic progress as well,” Carter said ahead of his visit, using another acronym for the jihadist group.

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