Twilight News / predicted US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Friday implement more ground operations in Iraq against al (Daash), after their participation in the liberation of 70 hostages at the organization, in a clear shift to the established pattern to intervene with the US troops currently stationed in Iraq.
Carter's comments came after an operation by Iraqi and US Kurdish forces at dawn on Thursday in northern Iraq for the Liberation of some 70 hostages were being held in prison with the organization Daash during which a US soldier was killed, the first human loss to the United States since the campaign began in 2014.
Carter said in a press conference at the Pentagon, "I expect to do more of these operations," stressing that Thursday's attack provided a "life-saving" seventy detainees and collect "valuable intelligence information".
US forces provided during the operation of the Peshmerga Kurdish helicopters to transport Kurdish fighters, is that American soldiers are only to be forced to intervene directly in the battle, to assign the Kurdish fighters who have been subjected to fire, killing one of the elements of the American elite forces, who at the age of 39 years.
This direct US intervention in the ground battle in Iraq and the shape of a shift in the established pattern to intervene with the US troops currently stationed in the country totaling about military 3500, as the primary role of these soldiers is to provide advice, training and support Iraqi forces, irregular forces and the peshmerga, and so the place is a a year away from the battlefields.
US forces committed in Iraq, the principle that has continued to President Barack Obama is repeating since ordered a military air campaign against the organization of the Islamic state, namely "not soldiers on the ground" because of the rejection of absolute Chairman for any military ground intervention against the jihadists in Iraq or Syria.
But US Secretary of Defense stressed that the process Thursday "does not mean" that the United States will resume "combat mission" in Iraq, but is simply "to continue our mission to provide advice and assistance" to the Iraqi forces.
"When opportunities arise to carry out operations that will make progress in the campaign" on the organization of the Islamic state, "we seize it."
The secretary said the precedent in this context is the ground operation carried out by an American commando unit in Syria in May / May 2015 against the Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader in the ranks of the jihadists.
Carter pointed out that the raids carried out by special units are "a major US power."
US soldier who was killed in a raid Thursday named Joshua Wheeler, 39, a sergeant in the Land Force special forces and was a soldier in the elite forces and are familiar with covert operations.
This soldier was a component of the commando unit "Delta", a unit of shrouded in secrecy and specialized specifically in the liberation of hostages and the elite anti-terrorist forces.
Carter explained that Sergeant Wheeler and the rest of his companions what they had to participate directly to the side of the peshmerga in the attack on the jihadist organization site, but in the end took part in the battle for assigning Kurdish soldiers who were exposed to fire jihadists.
The secretary stressed that the participation of Sergeant Wheeler and another US soldier in combat is "guaranteed success of the mission", praising this Bembadrthma.
On the other hand, Carter decided assembly operations against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq under the general authority of one to three previously.
These operations will be the order of Gen. Sean MacFarland, who knew my involvement in Iraq in support of the Sunni Awakening in the face of extremist organizations in 2007.
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