War on IS needs 'boots on ground': US air force secretary

US air force secretary Deborah Lee James speaks at the Pentagon, in Washington, on October 27, 2015The air campaign against the Islamic State group has made progress in degrading the jihadist organisation but will not be enough without local boots on the ground, the US air force secretary said on Tuesday. The comments from Deborah Lee James come just days after Pentagon chief Ashton Carter raised the possibility of deploying additional US special forces personnel to Syria if more partners can be found among local forces on the ground. “Ultimately it cannot occupy territory and very importantly it cannot govern territory,” she told reporters at the Dubai Airshow.

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