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

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the U.S. and the U.K. will continue to work together as part of the coalition campaign to defeat the Islamic State militant group and other  international threats, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter addressed the role of the U.S. and the U.K. against those threats during his speech at the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.

“We’re fighting in different ways, across all domains, to destroy both the fact and the idea of an Islamic state based on ISIL’s barbaric ideology,” he said.

“Thanks to the contributions and sacrifices of our local partners there in the region and of British, American and coalition service members, we’ve accelerated the military campaign and we have the momentum firmly on our side.”

The report said Carter noted that the coalition aims to defeat the militant group by the end of the year through the help of local forces as they can hold and govern reclaimed territories.

The coalition’s development and diplomatic organization will also work to create plans to support peace and stability once the Islamic State group is defeated, he added.

Carter said the U.S. will also aid the U.K. and NATO to address Russian aggression and challenges posed by China, North Korea and Iran.

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