Civilians return to their village after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, Iraq October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudaini
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Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from ISIS, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.Carter made clear that details on Turkey's potential role in the unfolding Mosul campaign still needed to be hammered out and a senior U.S. defense official noted non-military assistance was also a possibility.The senior U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States recognized that Turkey had legitimate security concerns over the outcome of the Mosul campaign and expressed hope that Turkish and Iraq officials could meet next week.The United States was also raising the issue of a Turkish role in Mosul in its regular talks with Iraqi leadership.
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