Carter thanks servicemembers for their role in fighting Islamic State
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.