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Ashton Carter: US-Led Coalition Partners Reaffirm Commitment to Anti-IS Group Efforts

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group has formed new plans and commitments to support counter-IS efforts during a meeting at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, DoD News reported Monday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter told reporters the defense ministers’ meeting focused on missions to destroy the IS group’s “parent” operations in Iraq and Syria; address the group’s worldwide emergence and support government entities that work to secure the homeland.

“All countries represented voiced their unwavering resolve to destroy the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on [IS]’s barbaric ideology,” Carter said.

“We made further plans and the additional commitments we’ll need to ensure our coalition delivers [Islamic State] the lasting defeat it deserves,” he added.

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