#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – September 16 – General Martin Dempsey, the military’s top officer, told a Senate panel Tuesday he will recommend having U.S.advisers fight with Iraqi troops against the militant Islamic State group if the situation requires it.
“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” said Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
U.S. advisers could be called on to get closer to the fight, Dempsey said, if Iraqi security forces undertake a complex operation such as retaking the city of Mosul.
The United States is at war the militant Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, and the fight “will not be an easy or brief effort. It is complicated.”
“We are at war with ISIL, as we are with al-Qaeda,” Hagel said. “But destroying ISIL will require more than military efforts alone. It will require political progress in the region, and effective partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria.”
Dempsey and Hagel appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to outline President Obama’s plan to fight the Islamic State, which is also referred to as ISIL or ISIS. Source: