US vows stepped up fight on Islamic State group

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter walks out to welcome British Defense Minister Michael Fallon to the Pentagon in Washington, DC on December 11, 2015The United States will intensify its efforts to destroy the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pledged Friday. The White House is, however, under growing pressure to do more, with President Barack Obama’s administration criticized by opponents for what they say is a lack of discernable progress in eliminating the extremists. “We are taking a number of steps… and we intend to take more to strengthen the execution of our strategy and hasten the defeat of ISIL,” said Carter, speaking at a news conference in Washington alongside Michael Fallon, his British counterpart and ally in the bid to defeat the IS group.

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