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    US Defense Chief: Commandos Now Fighting IS in Syria, Iraq

    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.
    Ken Bredemeier

    U.S. defense chief Ash Carter said Thursday that the 200 American commandos now in Iraq and Syria are carrying out raids on Islamic State targets, "killing or capturing them wherever we find them."

    "These forces have already established contact with new forces that share our goals, (opening) new lines of communication to local, motivated and capable fighters, and new targets for air strikes and strikes of all kinds," he told a training school for French officers in Paris.

    Carter said that in Iraq, "we now have a specialized expeditionary targeting force in place that is preparing to work with the Iraqis to begin mounting sudden, long-range raids, going after ISIL's fighters and commanders, killing or capturing them wherever we find them, along with other key targets."

    The Pentagon chief met Wednesday with his counterparts from France, Germany, Britain, Australia, Italy and the Netherlands to plot strategy in their fight against the militants.

    He told the future French officers, "We all must have a common campaign plan that the entire coalition understands, and that our enemies cannot survive."

    Carter said U.S.-led coalition forces have "big arrows" pointed at reclaiming Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in northern Syria, the self-proclaimed capital of the religious caliphate that Islamic State has declared.

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    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    January 22, 2016 10:59 AM
    The coalition has pulled the oil black market right from under IS. Their pay is cut in half. The Iranians will have to sell their oil dirt cheap to the NATO countries. Lots of cheap aviation fuel for their bombers to finish off IS.

    by: Jim
    January 22, 2016 2:51 AM
    Unless the West collectively takes a stand, ISIS shall ultimately threaten the very security of nations worldwide, who don't subscribe to its ideology. The beheadings are their branding, offensive as it is.
    Without stability? well look no further than Syria for your answer.

    by: American Eskimo from: San Jose, USA
    January 21, 2016 4:01 PM
    Just a little bit now and a little bit later........... It will be GOOD MORNING SYRIA/IRAG like Vietnam all over again.
    By the way, was it 'mission accomplished' in Irag a while ago?
    Do not go there, spend the $ resources to better USA instead of foreign wars and wars. There are a lot of issues needed to be done here at home such as health-care, schools, SSecurity fund, etc.

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