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US may use ground forces against Daesh: Defense chief

Ash Carter's announcement signals major shift in White House policy

27.10.2015
US may use ground forces against Daesh: Defense chief

WASHINGTON

American troops will take direct ground action against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, if necessary, the head of U.S. defense said Tuesday.

The announcement signal a major shift in White House policy against using ground troops in a combat role against the militants.

“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Ash Carter told a Senate Armed Service Committee.

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