Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived on Saturday in Iraq with a sudden visit. It needs to assess the progress of the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia), reports AP.

It is expected that during the visit to Iraq, Carter will hold a meeting with the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi and other officials, as well as with the leadership responsible for the liberation of Mosul from the extremists, reports TASS.

Carter visited Iraq a few days after a U.S. serviceman was killed near Mosul, says “Interfax”. Yesterday in the Turkish capital Ankara, Carter said that Turkish and Iraqi authorities reached agreement on Turkey’s participation in the operation to liberate Mosul.

Military operation to liberate an Iraqi town from is militants began on 17 October. In addition to government forces in Iraq are participating in Kurdish, and an international coalition.

Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq on an unannounced visit 22.10.2016

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