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July 2016
Travels with Carter - U.S. Secretary of Defense

Defense Secretary Ash Carter joined President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, and then traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet with leaders, coalition commanders and U.S. troops.

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Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography

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Carter: U.S. Troop Level in Afghanistan Bolsters Global Counter-Terrorism Fight

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to troops at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Addressing U.S. troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. would maintain 8,400 troops in that country into next year bolsters the fight against terrorists around the globe. Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Carter Discusses 3 Major U.S. Decisions Regarding Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed three major decisions that the United States has made regarding Afghanistan during a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Story

Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with service members during a troop event in Baghdad.

Carter Offers Details on Troop Deployment, Iraq Campaign

In Baghdad, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and one of his senior commanders provided details about the role of the 560 additional U.S. troops that will deploy to Iraq to support Iraqi forces combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Story

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