Carter at Iraq airfield
Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanks U.S. soldiers for their service at Qayyarah Airfield West in northern Iraq, a key strategic staging area in the fight to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Dec. 11, 2016. Earlier in the day, Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister‎ Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, where the two leaders discussed the Mosul campaign and other issues. DoD photo