Pentagon chief hails peshmerga as model for Iraq

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter talks to multinational troops at the Arbil International Airport in the capital of the autonomous northern Iraqi region on July 24, 2015Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said during a visit to Kurdistan Friday that the autonomous region's peshmerga force was a model for the rest of Iraq in its fight against jihadists. The US defence secretary, on the second day of his first visit to Iraq since taking office earlier this year, praised the efforts of what is the region's de facto army. "We are trying to build a force throughout the territory of Iraq, and someday in Syria, that can do" what the peshmerga have achieved, Carter said.


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