During testimony to a US Senate committee, US defense secretary Ash Carter says the US “won’t hold back” from conducting direct action on the ground against Islamic State Militants.
Islamic State have taken swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria over the past 12 months. During this time, IS have been accused of committing horrendous and barbaric acts of violence including the murder of men, women and children. Despite an ongoing air campaign and support for rebel groups on the ground, both the US have yet to commit ground troops in capacities beyond advice and support for local groups.
The comments made by Mr Carter has re-opened the discussion and debate about the commitment of ground troops into the conflict from nations such as the US, UK and those opposed to the regime of Islamic State. The comments follow a video released this week of US special forces working with Kurdish troops on an operation where a number of militants were killed.