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US defence chief in Iraq to review Mosul op

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has arrived in Iraq to discuss the coming stages of the ongoing offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist groupUS Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Iraq on Sunday to discuss the coming stages of the ongoing offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State jihadist group. Carter had arrived in Baghdad and would “survey key locations directly supporting the battle for Mosul,” the Pentagon said in a statement. US forces are stationed in Qayyarah, the main staging base for the southern front of the Mosul offensive that was launched on October 17, as well as in the autonomous Kurdish region.

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