Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Sunday, the U.S. President announced the start of a “new phase” in the war against extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), with the deployment of additional 1500 U.S. troops in Iraq.
“Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible – and we now have done that,” President Barack Obama told CBS News.
“Rather than just try to halt ISIL momentum, we’re now in a position to start going on some offense,” he said.
“The air strikes have been very effective in degrading ISIL’s capabilities and slowing the advance that they were making,” the U.S. President added.
“Now what we need is ground troops, Iraqi ground troops, that can start pushing them back.”
On Saturday, the United States’ Central Command confirmed that their fighter jets had targeted leaders of the extremists groups in northwestern Iraq.
Reporting by: Hajar Simo
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