Saturday, 24 October 2015
Shafaq News / US Secretary of Defense , Ashton Carter predicted on Friday to implement more ground operations in Iraq against (ISIS), after their participation
in the liberation of 70 hostages at the organization, in a clear shift to the pattern of US troops to intervene in the currently stationed in Iraq.
Carter's comments came after an operation by Iraqi Kurdish and US forces at dawn on Thursday north of Iraq for the Liberation of some 70 hostages were being held in a prison of ISIS organization 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" of seventy detainees and collect "valuable intelligence information".
US forces provided during the operation helicopters to transport Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, but American soldiers were only forced to intervene directly in the battle, to help the Kurdish fighters who have been subjected to fire, killing one of the elements of the American of the elite forces, who at the age of 39 years.
This US direct intervention in the ground battle in Iraq has made a shift in the intervention pattern of the US troops currently stationed in the country totaling about 3500 military men, as the primary role of these soldiers is to provide advice, training and support to the Iraqi forces and Peshmerga, so their place is away from the battlefields.
US forces committed in Iraq with a principle that President Barack Obama has continued in repeating it since he ordered a military air campaign against the Islamic state organization, which is "no soldiers on the ground" because of the absolute rejection for any military ground intervention against the jihadists in Iraq or Syria.
But US Secretary of Defense stressed that Thursday process "does not mean" that the United States will resume "combat mission" in Iraq, but is simply " 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 Islamic state organization, "we are seizing it."
The secretary said that this came in this context that the ground operation carried out by an American commando unit in Syria in May 2015 against 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, is a sergeant in the Land Force Special Forces and was a soldier in the elite forces and is familiar with secret operations.
This soldier was a component of the commando unit "Delta", a unit of secret and specialized forces specifically in the liberation of hostages and the elite anti-terrorist forces.
Carter explained that Sergeant Wheeler and the rest of his companions were not supposed to participate directly in Peshmerga's attack on the jihadist organization site, but in the end he took part in the battle to help Kurdish soldiers who were exposed to fire of jihadists.
The Secretary stressed that the participation of Sergeant Wheeler and another US soldier in combat is "guaranteed success of the mission", praising their Initiative .
On the other hand, Carter decided to make the operations against the extremist group in Syria and Iraq under the authority of one general to three previously.
These operations will be by the order of Gen. Sean MacFarland, who was known on his participation in Iraq in supporting the Sunni Awakening in facing the extremist organizations in 2007.
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