WASHINGTON — The U.S. will deploy a new special operations force to the Middle East to help fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday.
Carter told the House Armed Services Committee that over time, these special operators will be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture Islamic State leaders. Carter said that will improve intelligence and generate more targets for attacks.
21:03 Iraqi special forces join Mosul offensive against militants
14:04 Turkey unleashing fury of airstrikes against US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces
16:43 A look at US role against IS as Mosul offensive takes off1
23:24 Evidence of a ‘difficult fight’ ahead as forces move toward ISIS-held Mosul