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Carter thanks servicemembers for their role in fighting Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ash Carter answers a question from Spc. Joseph Bernhard during a troop engagement at the Baghdad International Airport Dec. 16, 2015. Carter visited Iraq during a tour of the Middle East.

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By CHRIS CHURCH | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 16, 2015

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Defense Secretary Ash Carter took time away from meeting with U.S. military and Iraqi government leaders to talk with U.S. servicemembers forward deployed to Baghdad Wednesday.

During the troop engagement, Carter thanked servicemembers for their efforts in supporting Iraqi Security Forces in their fight against the Islamic State and emphasized the importance of their role in keeping American families safe back home.

Carter also answered some questions from servicemembers about the nature of the U.S. engagement in Iraq.

In his meetings with Iraq and U.S. military leaders, Carter talked about U.S. offers to send Apache helicopters and more troops to Iraq. There are currently about 3,500 U.S. troops in Iraq.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter talked with U.S. troops during a troop engagement at the Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Carter visited Iraq during a tour of the Middle East.
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