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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.

Dec. 10, 2016

Carter: U.S. Will Deploy More Troops to Syria to Combat ISIL

The United States will deploy approximately 200 additional forces to combat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during his speech at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.

Dec. 9, 2016

Carter Arrives in Afghanistan for Visit to Thank U.S. Troops

Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan on a visit to thank U.S. troops for their service to the nation during the holidays, receive an update on NATO and U.S. efforts to support Afghan security forces, and to meet with senior Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, a Defense Department news release said.

Dec. 7, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Welcomes Carter to Tokyo

The U.S.-Japan alliance has a strength that is unlike any other, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

Dec. 6, 2016

Carter Stresses Region’s Strategic Importance to Service Members in Japan

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told sailors serving aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain that they are in the midst of the most important strategic transition the United States is undertaking at an essential place and time.

Dec. 5, 2016

U.S.-Japan Alliance Never Stronger, Secretary Says

On his way to Japan as part of an around-the-world trip, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters the U.S.-Japan alliance is strong and continues to evolve.

Dec. 4, 2016

Carter: Determined to Ensure Successor Inherits 'Same Level of Excellence'

Invited to deliver closing remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, “It’s been my mission through my actions as secretary to ensure that my successors, and my successor's successors, inherit that same level of excellence" that he inherited from his predecessors.

Dec. 2, 2016

Deputy Secretary Discusses Last Official Trip, DoD Transition

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work sat down with reporters to discuss his upcoming visits with two defense contractors, the Reagan National Defense Forum, and what a changing defense leadership means for innovation and the third offset strategy.

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