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Ashton Carter: US, UK to Continue Counterterrorism Efforts Against Islamic State Group

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the U.S. will continue to work with the U.K. in counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State militant organization, DoD News reported Friday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Carter said at a joint conference with Michael Fallon, U.K. defense secretary, that the U.K. government has supported intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance operations as well as military air strikes against the group in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

“British soldiers have provided robust support for the coalition’s partners on the ground, advising, assisting and building the capacity of local forces who are taking the fight to ISIL in both Iraq and Syria,” Carter said.

The U.S. defense chief urged the U.K. government to continue to collaborate with the U.S. to craft defense and deterrence strategies in Europe that seek to counter challenges related to hybrid and cyber warfare, Ferdinando reports.

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