U.S.’s Carter Calls Iraq’s Prime Minister Over Soldier Deaths

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi on Saturday to express condolences for the deaths of Iraqi soldiers fighting on the front lines against Islamic State.

A U.S. airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers on Friday near the Iraqi city of Fallujah appeared to have been a mistake that involved both sides, Carter said during a visit to the Navy assault ship USS Kearsarge, according to the Associated Press.

The incident is being jointly investigated and Carter and Al-Abadi committed to work together to avoid similar incidents in the future, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in an e-mailed statement.

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