U. S. Turns to Gulf Allies to Assistance Restore ISIS-Ravaged Iraq

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 10:32 PM

S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday he'd ask Gulf states following week to contribute to efforts to restore parts of Iraq devastated by the fight against ISIS.

U. S. Turns to Gulf Allies to Assistance Restore ISIS-Ravaged Iraq

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates — U. S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday he'd ask Gulf states following week to contribute to efforts to restore parts of Iraq devastated by the fight against ISIS.

Carter spoke at the start of a regional ride during which he'll meet leaders of Saudi Arabia and other U. S. allies in the Gulf to discuss the battle against the militant grouping and other defense issues, such as Iranian actions in the region.

President Barack Obama will also attend the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and will meet with King Salman in Saudi Arabia.

ISIS, also known as ISIL, has seized large portions of Iraq and Syria since two thousand fourteen. Iraqi forces have won back some of the territory, such as the provincial capital of Ramadi, but frequently after long battles that have left the cities destroyed.

"For the beat of ISIL to adhere in Iraq and Syria, these badly broken places destroyed by ISIL, pillaged by ISIL, mistreated by ISIL, are going to necessity to be rebuilt," Carter said, adding that a global oil price slump was hampering Iraq'south reconstruction efforts.

Iraq will necessity economic, political, and military assistance to recover, Carter said.

"Even as we're looking to create contributions in all three of those areas, so also can the Gulf partners, and we'll wish to speak to them about that," he said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and other Sunni Gulf states are also major oil producers that have faced financial pressure because of low crude prices.

Carter added that WA was looking for ways to intensify its thrust against ISIS, which includes air strikes, U. S. special forces and a strategy to target the group'south extensive finances, which it earns from unlawful oil sales, taxation in areas it controls and other methods.

"You should expect to look us doing more," Carter said, speaking at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, which hosts about 3.500 U. S. troops as well as fighter and reconnaissance aircraft used against ISIS.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said in March that he expected to expand the level of U. S. forces in Iraq from the current 3.800.

The additional troops would sustain the capabilities of Iraqi forces preparing for a major offensive against ISIS in Mosul.

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