How Ash Carter Plans to Defeat ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks with troops on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks with troops on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

America believes that ISIL poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, regional stability, and the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners.

Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter believes.

On Monday during a troop talk at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Carter said he convened the conference of ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders to “begin to make my own assessment of the campaign to counter ISIL.”

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Despite more than 2,300 airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by the U.S. and its 60 partner nations during the past few months, ISIS is expanding its territory beyond Iraq and Syria and killing its enemies.

America believes that ISIL poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, regional stability, and the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners.

President Barack Obama has already submitted a draft proposal to Congress that would authorize the continued use of military force against ISIL terrorists.

Carter, however, acknowledged that the anti-ISIL campaign in Syria does have both political and military dimensions, adding that the coalition recognizes the need to employ a combined political and military effort against ISIL.

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