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Ashton Carter Calls on Intl Community to Help Bolster Fight Against Islamic State Org

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has called on the international community to ramp up their joint effort to fight the Islamic State organization, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Carter and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee the Defense Department has adapted to the fight against the Islamic State group, Cheryl Pellerin reports.

The defense officials outlined to the committee the Pentagon’s strategy to combat ISIL, according to the report.

Carter told legislators the department plans to deploy a specialized expeditionary targeting force, escalate the attack on ISIL revenue sources and target ISIL leadership.

“On President [Barack] Obama’s orders and the chairman’s and my advice, we’re sending special operations forces personnel to Syria to support the fight against ISIL,” Carter told the committee.

The Pentagon also aims to use existing infrastructure in Afghanistan, the Levant, East Africa and Southern Europe into a unified capability to address threats, Pellerin reports.

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