Hagel arrives in Baghdad as U.S. touts momentum against Islamic State

December 9, 2014 7:31 AM

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Hagel arrives in Baghdad as U.S. touts momentum against Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday as the United States expands its presence in the fight against Islamic State militants four months after starting a campaign of air strikes in Iraq.

Hagel is the first U.S. secretary of defense to visit Iraq since President Barack Obama ordered American troops out of the country in 2011. With the advance of Islamic State militants, Obama started ordering troops back to Iraq this summer.

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