US defence chief asks allies to step up effort against ISIL

    US defence chief asks allies to step up effort against ISIL

    Dec 10, Washington: The United States has called on its allies to intensify their effort against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. It also expressed willingness to support Iraqi forces with attack helicopters in Ramadi.

    Ashton Carter, Defence chief, made the calls for broader international action at a congressional hearing in which he outlined stepped-up US military efforts against ISIL in the wake of the attacks in Paris and California.

    Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that, "The international community - including our allies and partners - has to step up before another attack like Paris.”

    Baghdad's forces have been fighting for months to close in around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and took a large part of the key city on Tuesday, news report said.

    It has taken a frustratingly long time for Iraqi security forces to claw back territory. But he pointed to significant gains, including recapturing the Anbar Operations Centre on the northern bank of the Euphrates River in the past 24 hours, Carter said.

    But as Iraqi forces cemented their hold on the newly recaptured al-Tameem area, an ISIL suicide bomber killed at least eight people in Baghdad.

    The Oslo Times


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