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    Carter Calls for US 'Boots on the Ground' in IS Fight

    Captured IS Commander: Militants Changing Tactics Because of Coalition Bombingsi
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    Dilshad Anwar
    January 22, 2016 8:15 PM
    An Islamic State commander captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces says the militants are changing tactics in the face of bombings by the U.S.-led Western coalition. Captured near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, the commander spoke to VOA's Kurdish service reporter, Dilshad Anwer.
    VIDEO: An Islamic State commander captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces says the militants are changing tactics in the face of bombings by the U.S.-led Western coalition. Captured near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, the commander spoke to VOA's Kurdish service reporter, Dilshad Anwer.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has called for continued U.S. "boots on the ground" in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group.

    Speaking in an interview with CNBC television at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Carter said U.S. forces on the ground will "enable" local forces and remain focused on an advise and assist mission.

    "We're looking for opportunities to do more, and there will be boots on the ground. I want to be clear about that," Carter said. "But it's a strategic question, whether you are enabling local forces to take and hold, rather than trying to substitute for them."

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, Jan. 20, 2016.
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, France, Jan. 20, 2016.

    The secretary will be meeting with several defense ministers in two weeks. He says many countries are not doing enough in the war against IS, saying that they are in the fight "on paper."

    "The United States does not ask people for favors...," he said. "We're looking for other people to play their part."

    The United States currently has about 3,550 service members in Iraq, with about 2,750 of those supporting Iraqi security forces as trainers, advisers or support staff, according to Central Command data released to VOA.

    There are less than 50 U.S. special forces in Syria.

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    Carla is VOA's Pentagon correspondent covering defense and international security issues. Her datelines include Ukraine, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and Egypt.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    January 23, 2016 8:58 AM
    At the long last somebody comes to judgment with the senses. However, like some are saying, if it means going in there once again to pamper the situation rather than meet it head-on, better not go at’all. While USA’s formed these insurgent groups to destabilize especially upcoming, emerging markets/developing economies, going in at all to make terrorists armies look strong to withstand the most powerful army in the world, is death-message that kills people because they see no hope of living when mere terrorists hold up US army for years, including inconclusive campaigns in Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya. Or are we merely believing that there’s something special about the superpower armies? Look at Russia in Syria; if there was any sweeping approach the superpowers can use to shelltox insurgency and sweep it away to show supremacy, Russia wouldn’t hesitate to apply it in Syria seeing how strategic the war-ravaged country is to its power bloc in the nascent cold-war. So I ask: Does the US have what it takes to defeat these terrorists? Are we going to see the US come down with its sweeping power to overwhelm and defeat ISIS once-and-for-all, or are to wait for another?

    by: Mrs.. Karen Belchvomit
    January 23, 2016 4:05 AM
    But the CIA FUND$ AL QAEDA! !!!!!.....

    by: david from: philippine
    January 23, 2016 12:46 AM
    the only way, and the best for all people, , it is fully arm the kurdish people

    by: Anonymous
    January 22, 2016 3:19 PM
    Once again, the US is going to sacrifice valuable American lives for the profit of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

    The most vital thing now is to close the Turkish border between Afrin and Jarabulus, that's the very portion that Turkey gets oil from ISIS and sends weapons to ISIS and AQ, and the Kurds are ready to close that border.

    But Turkey doesn't want the Kurds to do that, so Turkey is making American politicians to commit boots on the grounds... for the benefit of Turkey, which will keep the border open for Turkey.

    Why should the US do it?

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 22, 2016 3:06 PM
    A Wise Man questions this new US strategy that will be used in Iraq now, [because in 2003] the US and NATO invaded Iraq with over three US and British reinforced armored divisions of the best military troops in the history of the world, (and after 7 years), they couldn't defeat a few thousand Sunni Muslim al-Qaeda terrorists and a few thousand Shia Muslim militia fighters, and were driven out of Iraq, [and now], the US is going to reintroduce a few thousand US ground troops in Iraq as a token military force (to help the 3rd world Iraqi army), in an attempt to silence their many critics back home that question their failed tactics and strategy that's left the terrorists undefeated and a real world power now?

    PS; Nothing of consequence will change in the war against the terrorists, but the propaganda, the terrorists will still be undefeated and a greater world power when this president leaves office in 2017.... count on it? .. [while millions of more innocents will continue to suffer and die waiting for some countries to rescue them from wars and conflicts they didn't start?] .. Talk and propaganda won't defeat the terrorists.... count on it?

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