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US Defense Sec'y Carter: Campaign against IS 'far from over'

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers a statement to the press following the meeting of the alliance of Defense Ministers in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Christoph Schmidt/dpa via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter¬†delivers a statement to the press following the meeting of the alliance of Defense Ministers in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Stuttgart,¬†Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Christoph Schmidt/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spanish Defense Ministers Pedro Morenes, British Defence Minister Michael Fallon and US Defense Minister Ashton Carter,  from left, sit at the conference table during the meeting of the alliance of Defense Ministers in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Spanish Defense Ministers Pedro Morenes, British Defence Minister Michael Fallon and US Defense Minister Ashton Carter, from left, sit at the conference table during the meeting of the alliance of Defense Ministers in the fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) in Stuttgart,¬†Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter says the latest American combat death in Iraq shows the military campaign against the Islamic State is "far from over."

Carter made the remark Wednesday as he convened a meeting in Germany of his counterparts from 11 countries contributing to the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The session is the latest in a series with partners on strategies for increasing assistance to the Iraqis as seek to recapture the northern IS stronghold of Mosul. This comes as a political crisis in Baghdad clouds the outlook for further military advances against the militants.

Carter has placed a high priority on drawing coalition members more deeply into the counter-IS campaign, stressing the threat posed by allowing the extremists to spread their influence.