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  1. Ashton Carter at a press briefing

    American Official Questions Iraqi Resolve

    He’s fighting mad. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is saying local troops in Iraq had “no will” to resist when they lost the key city of Ramadi, despite “vastly” outnumbering the ISIS militants. Now, as the extremists burn a key refinery, both Iraq and Iran have contradicted Carter and say they’re back on the offensive.  While some are calling for U.S. ground troops to bolster the fight, Carter echoed President Obama’s opposition to sending them, saying it’s more important to equip and train Iraqis, hoping that they’ll muster the will to fight.

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