US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says that American military forces and other foreign troops need to remain in Iraq, even if the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is defeated.
Addressing the Regan National Defence Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday, Carter said terrorist groups were headed for a lasting defeat but the US-led coalition, which has been striking purported Daesh positions in Iraq since 2014, had to stay and keep training local security forces.
“But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated,” the Pentagon chief said. “We’ll need to continue to counter foreign fighters trying to escape and ISIL’s attempts to relocate or reinvent itself. To do so, not only the United States but our coalition must endure and remain engaged militarily.”
“In Iraq in particular, it will be necessary for the coalition to provide sustained assistance and carry on our work to train,…