US Sending Special Forces to Iraq to Fight ISIS

By Joe Gullo |

Published 12/01 2015 11:08AM

Updated 12/01 2015 11:12AM

Credit: U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says that the U.S., with coordination with Iraq, will be deploying a Specialized Expeditionary Targeting Force to Iraq.

The force will help support and assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Secretary Carter was joined the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Joseph Dunford, Jr. at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the military strategy in Syria and Iraq.

Sec. Carter says, these forces, overtime, will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders. They will also be able to conduct unilateral operations in Syria.

The force, according to Sec. Carter, will also help provide intelligence on targeting ISIL's revenue sources, including the oil industry.

At the end of October, officials said they would be sending fewer than 50 U.S. Special Operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria.

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