Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discuss progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and lessons learned in Afghanistan during a Pentagon press briefing, Feb. 29, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Military Times: U.S. forces will be in the Middle East long after ISIS, Carter says
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military will keep forces deployed to the Middle East long after the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
“What is obvious and very clear is that we're going to be in that region for a while,” Carter said Wednesday at the Pentagon during a "troop talk" that was streamed live on social media.
Carter's comments came in response to a question from a soldier in Baghdad, Staff Sgt. Rory Radtke, who asked about the future of U.S. forces in Iraq and the Middle East.
“You bet. We’ll be in your region even after ISIL’s defeated,” Carter said. ISIS and ISIL are acronyms for the Islamic State group.
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WNU Editor: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter's assessment that the U.S. will be in the Middle East for a long time is probably correct. In the meantime .... Iraqi forces ready by 'early October' for Mosul assault: top US officer (AFP).