MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016
Int. talks to "expedite" Mosul's liberation campaign
8:32 PM ADMIN
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter discussed with Iraqi Premier Haidar al-Ibadi means of liberating Mosul's city, as well as enhancing US military assistance.
It is the fourth trip for Secretary Carter since his assumption to his post in February, 2015.
The 2014 Da'ish occupation of Nineveh province led to other occupations in Anbar, Salahal-din, Diala and Kirkuk provinces, but the recent Iraqi continued war against Da'ish limited the latter's control to 12% of the Iraqi territories.
Upon arrival, Secretary Carter announced that Washington will send 560 soldiers to help Iraqi military moves towards Mosul, pointing that the restoration of Qayara air base will be the "venue" to regain Mosul's city, because most of the international Alliance's countries are ready to use the air base for the liberation of Mosul city.
"Regaining Qayara air base is a strategic victory", Carter said.
By sending this figure of troops, the total US military presence in Iraq will reach to 4650 soldiers and experts.
In reply to Carter's statement of sending more US troops, Secretary General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri rejected this offer, stressing that the Iraqi people are "capable of liberating their territories".
"Our decision is that Iraq is no place for Da'ish organization or the Americans", Ameri added.
Secretary Carter held another meeting with Iraqi defence minister Khalid al-Obaidi.
He was accompanied by seven US generals to hold meetings with Iraqi and US commanders, while
In addition, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan arrived here today to discuss the increase of his trainers to Iraq, as reported.
In a press conference, he added that Canada will assist Iraq in development spheres after the end of the current war against Da'ish organization.
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