The United States is deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The United States is deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State and be positioned to conduct unilateral operations into Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday. "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders," Carter told the House Armed Services Committee in prepared remarks, using an acronym for Islamic State. Carter also named Turkey as one of the countries that needed to do more in the fight against Islamic State, including tightening control of its border with Syria. "We all must do more. Turkey must do more to control its often porous border," Carter said, noting that Saudi Arabia and Gulf states had been "preoccupied by the conflict in Yemen." Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama said Turkey had made some progress in sealing its border with Syria but Islamic State was still exploiting gaps to bring in foreign fighters and sell oil.