U.S. military chief in Baghdad amid Iraqi offensive

09-03-2015 01:46 PM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - The U.S. military’s top officer landed in Baghdad on Monday as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in their largest operation to date against the militants, Agence France-Presse reported.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew in on a C-17 military transport aircraft. He is due to hold talks with top Iraqi officials.

During a visit to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf on Sunday, Dempsey appealed for “strategic patience” in the fight against ISIS.

He said the training of Iraqi troops and the Baghdad government’s willingness to reconcile with the country’s Sunni population and leaders were key factors.

Dempsey, whose country launched its first strikes against the militants in Iraq in August last year, also said that intensifying air strikes was not an option.

“Carpet bombing through Iraq is not the answer,” he said aboard the Charles de Gaulle. France became the second Western nation to carry out strikes in Iraq last year.

He also said he saw no need to deploy more military advisers than the 2,600 already on the ground in Iraq.


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