Carter’s trip aims to strengthen fight against Islamic State
15 December 2015, Nirapad News: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Turkey Tuesday, looking for new ways the U.S.-led coalition can strengthen its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
Carter says he’ll be asking military commanders and officials to suggest new tactics that can be used to attack IS, and identify new contributions coalition partners can make to accelerate the destruction of the insurgent group.
Speaking to reporters traveling with him, Carter said the U.S. wants Turkey to better control its border with Syria, which could help block the flow of foreign fighters.
And, he said, “We want Turkish forces to join in the air and on the ground as appropriate.”
Carter left the U.S. immediately after meeting with President Barack Obama and the National Security Council at the Pentagon Monday.