US, allies should stay in Iraq, even after Daesh’s defeat: Carter


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,…

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  • Chuck Stillman

    Here’s your rifle Ash! Show the world how it’s done. After all you helped creat and supply ISIS Daesh or israhell who’s also involved as we all know.

  • legal eagle

    Um, Ash, there is a reason why your party lost the election, and part of it is stupidity like this.

  • Tim Hadfield

    What a surprise – NOT.

  • come-and-take-it

    Only politicians kids should be sent to fight in this war. It is NOT in Americas’ strategic national interest in any way. If it weren’t for theft of Iraqi oil and Afghani opium there would be no reason for us to be there. It really doesn’t matter though, the US will soon be bled white fighting for the pocket linings of the parasites who benefit from such war crimes. Brear Rabbit, meet Tar Baby.