Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center left, accompanied by the Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, center right, arrives to the Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq. As Carter arrived in Iraq, Monday, he said U.S. and coalition forces will use the newly retaken air base in Qayara as a staging hub as Iraqi security forces move closer to the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants.

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