Carter said he favors looking for ways to speed up the anti-Daesh campaign.
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Sending thousands more American troops into Iraq or Syria in a bid to accelerate the defeat of Daesh (ISIS) would push U.S. allies to the exits, create more anti-U.S. resistance and give up the U.S. military's key advantages, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an Associated Press interview. Speaking from his Pentagon office overlooking the Potomac River Wednesday, Carter said he favors looking for ways to speed up the anti-Daesh campaign, which administration critics including the president-elect, Donald Trump, have called slow-footed and overly cautious.Carter will step down at noon Friday.At his confirmation hearing last week, Mattis gave only glimpses of his thinking on Iraq and Syria. The U.S. war against Daesh, which began in 2014, the year before Carter took office, became a major focus of his tenure, along with his efforts to modernize the Pentagon's approach to recruiting and maintaining talent.Carter dismissed the idea that Obama has dragged his feet in Iraq or Syria.
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