Pentagon chief in Iraq to assess Mosul operation


US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has arrived in Iraq to evaluate progress in the fight to retake the northern city of Mosul which fell to the Daesh terrorist group in June 2014.

Carter arrived in Baghdad Sunday on an unannounced visit and will meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as well as top US and coalition commanders.

He will “survey key locations directly supporting the battle for Mosul,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement.

The visit comes as an Iraqi army source said Saturday that US Air Force jet fighters mistakenly struck Iraqi soldiers’ position in Mosul the previous day, killing at least 90 of them.

The airstrike targeted soldiers from the 9th Armored Division of the Iraqi army, destroying eight infantry fighting vehicles as well as four Humvee military trucks. Some 100 soldiers were also wounded as a result of the attack, the source added.

On the same day, Iraqi Special Operations Forces managed to liberate the…

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