Defense Secretary Ash Carter Makes Unannounced Trip To Iraq, His First Visit Since Taking Office

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived unannounced in Baghdad on Thursday to assess the government's progress in healing the country's sectarian divisions and hear the latest on support for the Iraqi army's coming attempt to recapture the key city of Ramadi from the Islamic State.

It is Carter's first visit to Iraq since he took office in February.

Carter is not expected to announce any major change in U.S. strategy or increase in U.S. troop levels. The...

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