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  • U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

    The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State needs to take back the cities Mosul and Raqqa and will use "boots on the ground" as part of its strategy in doing so, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.

    "We need to destroy them in those two places, and I'd like to get on with that as soon as possible,
    " Carter, speaking from Davos, Switzerland, said in an interview on CNBC.

    He said the coalition is using raids and bombs to take control of the routes between the two cities and cut off communication between them.

    "That'll essentially separate the Iraqi theater from the Syrian theater," he said.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...Name=worldNews


    Amid ISIS Fight in Iraq, US To Put 'Boots On The Ground,' Says Pentagon Boss Carter

    http://www.ibtimes.com/amid-isis-fig...carter-2276310
    Last edited by SAT; 01-22-2016, 01:08 PM.

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    Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

    Russia and U.S., While Pushing for Peace Talks, Jockey for Position in Syria

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/22/wo...yria.html?_r=0

    Syria opposition rules out talks before end to Russian air raids

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...Name=worldNews

    Kerry says effort and good faith could lead to lifting of sanctions on Russia
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-da...Name=worldNews

    Russia voices anger at U.S. treatment of honorary consuls
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ru...Name=worldNews

    Little side note...and yeah it is Debka Premium but statement says a lot.

    US Must Now Fight to Save “Landmark” Nuclear Accord from Iran’s Mistrust - January 21, 2016, 7:08 PM (IDT)

    To save the nuclear accord, the US must fight Iran’s avowed mistrust and resist its attempts to collaborate with Russia to push the United States out of the Middle East.
    Last edited by SAT; 01-22-2016, 11:34 AM.

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      Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

      A slightly different tone starting to emerge???

      U.S. military urges 'decisive action' against Islamic State in Libya

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...Name=worldNews


      US forces now authorized to fight ISIS in Afghanistan

      http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/22012016

      US urges Arab nations to boost fight against Isis

      US defence secretary Ashton Carter called on Arab countries to contribute more to the military campaign against Isis as he insisted the US-led coalition was building “momentum”.
      http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f3c316e8-b...#axzz3y0AUh6Xa
      Last edited by SAT; 01-22-2016, 01:07 PM.

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        Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

        Side note but important.

        Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Says Iraq Plans to Seek IMF Loans

        Iraq plans to seek $6 billion to $7 billion in loans from the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, as plummeting oil prices have left the government desperate for outside help to finance its costly war against Islamic State
        http://www.wsj.com/articles/prime-mi...ans-1453506033

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          Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

          Syria peace talks falter as army presses Aleppo

          http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...Name=worldNews

          Russia scolds UK's Hammond for saying Putin fanning Syrian civil war

          Hammond told Reuters in an interview on Monday that Putin was strengthening Islamic State militants on the ground by bombing President Bashar al-Assad's opponents, who the West hope can shape Syria once Assad is gone.
          http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...Name=worldNews

          NATO strikes Islamic State radio station in Afghanistan, as U.S. ups campaign

          http://www.reuters.com/article/us-af...Name=worldNews

          DEA uncovers major drug trafficking by Hezbollah to fund global terrorism

          http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/DEA...rrorism-443575
          Last edited by SAT; 02-02-2016, 09:43 AM.

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            Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

            Britain says Russia trying to carve out mini-state for Assad in Syria

            http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...Name=worldNews

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              Re: U.S.-led coalition needs to take back Mosul and Raqqa: Carter

              Saudi Arabia ready to send ground troops to Syria, official says


              A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.
              http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle28552650/

              Russia and Turkey trade accusations over Syria

              Russia said on Thursday it suspected Turkey was preparing a military incursion into Syria, as a Syrian army source said Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces with Russian air support.
              http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0VC169

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