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2014-10-31 Fri 13:35
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Iraqi government and Kurdish forces made some gains in the fight against the Islamic State group in northern and central Iraq in the past week.
Hagel said at a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday that the progress is encouraging.
But he added that it is just a first step in what will be a long and difficult multiyear effort against the Islamic State group.