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Top US general says coalition being careful in use of air power to avoid civilian casualties

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, confers with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, aboard the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Dempsey says some Iraqi army units in line for U.S.-led training to fight the Islamic State group are showing up ill-prepared. (AP Photo/Bob Burns)

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, confers with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, aboard the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf on Sunday, March 8, 2015. Dempsey says some Iraqi army units in line for U.S.-led training to fight the Islamic State group are showing up ill-prepared. (AP Photo/Bob Burns)  (The Associated Press)

The top U.S. general says the U.S.-led coalition is being careful in its use of air power in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. does not want to create additional suffering as it targets Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Dempsey spoke at a news conference Monday in Baghdad with Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi.

Dempsey also met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) and senior U.S. officials during his brief visit.

Before arriving in the Iraqi capital, Dempsey said that he wanted to press the Shiite-dominated government to deliver on its promise to reconcile with the Sunni minority and to explain how it intends to balance its relations with Iran.