Top US general in Iraq amid Islamic State airstrike campaign

November 15, 2014 2:48 PM

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Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives two days after he told Congress that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops against the extremist group.

BAGHDAD — America’s top military leader arrived in Iraq on Saturday on a surprise visit, his first since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist Islamic State group.

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