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Defeating ISIL Takes Diplomatic, Military Effort, Carter Says

Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after he concluded a conference there with ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders. Story

Carter: International Coalition Will Deliver 'Lasting' Defeat' to ISIL

There is no doubt the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “will deliver a lasting defeat,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops in Kuwait. Story

Carter Thanks Kuwait's Leaders for Strategic Partnership

Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed U.S. appreciation for the strategic partnership between the United States and Kuwait during meetings with Kuwaiti emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story

Carter Greets Service Members in Kandahar, Praises Progress

During his first official trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary, Ash Carter thanked U.S. troops in Kandahar for their dedication to the mission and the progress they and their NATO and Afghan allies have achieved. Story

Secretary Makes First Official Call to British Counterpart From Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ash Carter placed a phone call to British Defense Minister Michael Fallon to thank him for his leadership and for the United Kingdom's contributions to global security efforts. Story

Carter Discusses Progress With Leaders During Afghanistan Visit

Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with U.S. and Afghan leaders and discussed the progress made in Afghanistan during his first visit to the country as secretary. Story

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Afghanistan, Kuwait

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Carter Visits Troops, Leaders in Kuwait

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Carter Speaks in Kuwait

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About the Secretary

Profile photo of Defense Secretary Ash Carter Ash Carter is the 25th secretary of defense. He previously served as deputy defense secretary and as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter has received the Defense Department's Distinguished Service Medal five times and the Defense Intelligence Medal. Biography

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