“Our overall approach is to enable local forces to do the fighting … but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to do any fighting at all,” Carter said. “We are putting these people are risk every day,” including the aircrews who are flying strike missions daily over Iraq and Syria, “and, tragically, losses will occur,” he added.
“Not only is the rough superlative in size and quality, but no rough even remotely of this scale has ever been offered before at public auction,” he said.
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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter first announced the death, speaking to reporters in Stuttgart, Germany, where he has been consulting with European allies this week on fighting the Islamic State group. Carter described it as a “combat death” but provided no immediate details.
“Shells and mortar rounds are raining down on every neighborhood Aleppo,” said Aleppo-based health official Mohammad Hazouri, speaking from Al-Razi hospital. He said four people were killed and more than 30 wounded in Dubeet hospital alone, adding that half the casualties at the hospital were women and children.
KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 183 points, or 1 percent, to 17,706 as of 11 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 23 points, or 1.1 percent, to 2,059 and the Nasdaq composite fell 60 points, or 1.3 percent, to 4,756.
“We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia,” Carter said. “We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the rules-based international order, and the positive future it affords us.”
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