US tells allies campaign to defeat Islamic State must be accelerated

By REUTERS
February 11, 2016 14:53

 
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The United States is pressing allies on Thursday to contribute more to a US-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's civil war.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to start talks on Thursday afternoon in Brussels with more than two dozen defense ministers, including from key ally Saudi Arabia, which has held out the possibility of sending special forces into Syria.

Carter's push came a day after France delivered a rebuke to President Barack Obama, demanding that Washington display a clearer commitment to resolving the crisis in Syria where Russia is tipping the military balance in favor of President Bashar Assad.

The talks take place as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leads a diplomatic push in Munich to rescue imperiled peace efforts, which are taking place despite Russian bombing raids to bolster Syrian forces around the city of Aleppo.

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