US Defense Secretary Visits Qayyarah Base Near Mosul

BAGHDAD / the US defense secretary, Ashton Carter made a surprise visit to the "Qayyarah" air base near Mosul, on Sunday night, becoming the highest level of US officials, who visited the outskirts of the city, which the Iraqi forces are raging war against " Daesh. "

The high-ranking official in the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) described the base as "starting point for the campaign against Daesh to liberate Mosul."

Military analysts say that "Qayyarah" base and its airstrip is very important to efforts to regain Mosul because it is near the city.

"Qayyarah" is headquarters for hundreds of American military advisers, who provide assistance to Iraqi forces. And the base is also the site that the Iraqi government oversees the troops involved in the operation of Mosul.

Carter arrived in Iraq on Sunday and met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, then went to Irbil and met President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani. "/ End

Source: National Iraqi News Agency