"In full coordination with the government of Iraq, we're deploying a specialised expedition targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and put even more pressure on ISIS," Carter said yesterday in his appearance before the House Armed Services Committee.
"These special operators will, over time, be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIS leaders," Carter said.
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, also testified before the Congressional Armed Services Committee.
Carter said the US forces will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations in Syria.
"That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, more momentum. The raids in Iraq will be done at the invitation of the Iraqi government and focused on defending its borders and building the ISF's own capability," he said.

Carter said the US is constantly looking to do more in this fight but the world must do the same.


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