‘There’ll be boots on the ground’: Pentagon looking for ‘opportunities to do more’ in Iraq

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‘Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reiterated US plans to increase its military presence in the campaign to retake Mosul and Raqqa from Islamic State, but urged other members of its coalition – like Turkey – to contribute more to the war effort.

“We’re looking for opportunities to do more, and there will be boots on the ground — I want to be clear about that — but it’s a strategic question, whether you are enabling local forces to take and hold, rather than trying to substitute for them,” Carter told CNBC from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “I don’t think we or anybody else can substitute for them, but there’s a lot we can do to enable them, including being on the ground with them.”’

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