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US defence chief in Iraq to assess anti-IS efforts

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter (C) arrives at Baghdad's international airport from the Green Zone with his Chief of Staff Eric Rosenbach (R), to talk to troops on July 23, 2015Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said during his first visit to Baghdad Thursday that the United States was willing to do more to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State group. “We are willing to do more… when and if (the Iraqis) develop capable, motivated forces of their own that can take and retain territory,” he said as he met some of the 3,500 US military trainers and advisers in Iraq. On his first visit since taking office earlier this year, Carter met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his counterpart, Khaled al-Obeidi.

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