Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells lawmakers Islamic State's advancement has ''stalled''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testified in front of the House Armed Services Committee Thursday on the U.S. strategy to defeat Islamic State. Hagel told lawmakers the situation has changed since he last addressed them in this type of public forum. "Since I testified before this committee two months ago, our campaign against ISIL has made progress. ISIL's advance in parts of Iraq has stalled, and in some cases been reversed, by Iraqi, Kurdish, and tribal forces supported by U.S. and coalition airstrikes. But ISIL continues to represent a serious threat to American interests, our allies, and the Middle East…and wields influence over a broad swath of territory in western and northern Iraq and eastern Syria," Hagel said. Dempsey said progress in this fight will be "uneven at times", but he says the coalition is favored in the long term.