Pentagon chief flies into Iraqi Kurdistan, to meet Barzani

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 24, 2015 4:03 AM

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on an unannounced visit on Friday to Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, whose forces have emerged as one of America's strongest partners in the fight against Islamic State.

Carter was expected to meet the Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani as well as U.S. forces.

His visit to Erbil came a day after the Pentagon chief traveled to Baghdad to meet Iraqi leaders as they advance plans to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)