US Special Operations Forces Expanding in Iraq to Battle ISIS


LUIS MARTINEZ | ABC News | Yahoo News | December 1, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress today that the U.S. would establish a special operations “targeting force” in Iraq as part of the intensified military effort to fight ISIS.

The special operations force would conduct raids, could free hostages held by ISIS, gather intelligence and capture ISIS leaders in both Iraq and Syria.

It is part of the broader role for U.S. special operations forces that Carter said would occur in the wake of the raid in late October where U.S. special operations forces helped free 70 ISIS hostages in northern Iraq. That same raid resulted in the death of Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler, the first American fatality from combat in Iraq since the return of U.S. forces to that country in mid-2014.

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