US signals shift in Syria-Iraq campaign against Islamic State

The US has indicated a shift in its campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, including the use of direct ground raids.

Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said there would also be more air strikes against “high-value targets”.

Observers say his comments reflect acknowledgment of the lack of progress in defeating the militant group.

Separately, Iran says it is considering whether to attend international talks in Vienna this week on Syria’s war.

Earlier, the US said Iran – an ally of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad – was being invited to the talks for the first time.

  • Hard Little Machine

    We need to uncork all the chemical and biological weapons we’ve scheduled for destruction and dispose of them in one fell swoop.

  • freakypete98

    I guess the russians have been making them look bad so now they decide to step things up.

  • Ron MacDonald

    They have no choice, the Russians will control Middle Eastern oil should the US continue sitting around doing nothing. We here in North America have nothing to worry about because we have lots of natural gas and oil, but Europe does. The Russians are already holding them to ransom when it comes to natural gas.

  • Shebel

    The USA can forget about Canada helping —We believe in Peace and Love .

    • Gary

      True, Justin wants to abandon the women and children to be slaughtered over there and if any are lucky enough to escape he will take in 40,000 of them that may be pro-sharia and caliphate to turn on US once they pump out Jihad-jane’s and suicide bombers from their mosques.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Wars happen for reasons other than protecting people or else the Middle East would have been peaceful by now.

        I like this clip which does sum up why the world is the way it is but this phenomenon has existed much longer than the past 14+ years.

        Wars are for resources.

        It is a shame that people on the right believe their own nonsense. Of course, capitalist authoritarian (interventionism) is the problem.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This is beginning to look like a case of too many crooks — er, too many cooks.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The US should just go on Russia’s side and join with Iran-Syria-Iraq-China-Russia. I feel this has ensured that an Iran war is never going to happen, and I say thank God for that. It is the last thing the world needs and Russia has been the only nation in the last 4 years that has done anything against IS/ISIS/ISIL. The US and the other Western nations have been with the opposition and have only wanted Assad out.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    This does show that throughout history the Jews, Muslims and certain Christians lived in relative peace.

    It seems to me that the thing that forced the problems was the colonial period to now.

    Here is the link:

    The imperialists always want resources and always want division and always want scapegoats due to their hatred.

    These Zionists love war and the war state. This clip with Hussein shows that the US wanted war no matter what Hussein said: