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Dec. 11, 2016

Secretary Meets With Kurdistan Regional Government President in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani in Irbil, Iraq, where the two leaders discussed the latest developments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the key role Peshmerga forces have played in the counter-ISIL campaign.

Dec. 11, 2016

Carter, Iraqi Prime Minister Discuss Next Moves in Mosul Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister‎ Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, where the two leaders discussed the campaign to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists and other issues.

Dec. 11, 2016

Carter Arrives in Iraq to Thank U.S. Troops, Discuss Counter-ISIL Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq for a visit to recognize and thank U.S., coalition, and Iraqi troops engaged in the counter-ISIL campaign, survey key locations directly supporting the battle for Mosul, and to discuss the next steps in the fight, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Nov. 26, 2016

DoD Identifies Fallen U.S. Service Member in Syria

The Defense Department has identified Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, as the American service member who was killed in Syria on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov. 24, 2016

Carter Offers Condolences for Fallen U.S. Service Member in Syria

Defense Secretary Ash Carter today offered his condolences to the family, friends and other loved ones of a U.S. service member who was killed on Thanksgiving in Syria.

Sept. 11, 2016

Obama, Pentagon Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims at Remembrance Ceremony

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States during a remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial.