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USA: Special ops to be deployed to Iraq and Syria - Carter01:55

USA: Special ops to be deployed to Iraq and Syria - Carter

United States, Washington, DC
December 1, 2015 at 13:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

The United States is set to deploy special operations forces to fight the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, with the remit to conduct to cross-border raids in Syria, according to US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter who was speaking at the House Committee on Armed Services, in Washington, DC, Tuesday.

"We're deploying a specialised expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and put even more pressure on ISIL," said Carter. The force will eventually be able "conduct unilateral operations in Syria," added the Pentagon chief.

Carter went on, urging "all to do more." The secretary targeted Turkey, saying they "must do more to control their porous border," as well as "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states," who, according to Carter, have become preoccupied "by the conflict in Yemen." Finally, Carter turned to Russia, saying the federation "which has publicly committed to defeating ISIL, has instead attacked opposition forces, not ISIL."

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The United States is set to deploy special operations forces to fight the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, with the remit to conduct to cross-border raids in Syria, according to US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter who was speaking at the House Committee on Armed Services, in Washington, DC, Tuesday.

"We're deploying a specialised expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and put even more pressure on ISIL," said Carter. The force will eventually be able "conduct unilateral operations in Syria," added the Pentagon chief.

Carter went on, urging "all to do more." The secretary targeted Turkey, saying they "must do more to control their porous border," as well as "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states," who, according to Carter, have become preoccupied "by the conflict in Yemen." Finally, Carter turned to Russia, saying the federation "which has publicly committed to defeating ISIL, has instead attacked opposition forces, not ISIL."

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