Defence chiefs hold talks on boosting fight against DAESH

Military chiefs of US-led coalition meet in Paris to come up with new ways to accelerate gains against DAESH terror group

Photo by: AP (Archive )
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US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the US-led coalition wants to see Arab states in the game in the fight against DAESH.

Defense chiefs from the United States, France, Britain and four other nations gathered in Paris on Wednesday to find ways to bolster the fight against DAESH terrorist organisation and increase the number of police and army trainers.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the meeting was a chance for face to face talks among the main members in the US-led coalition, which also consists of Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands.

"I'll be soliciting their views and describing to them my thoughts about how we can accelerate the campaign, including the variety of capabilities, military capabilities, that will be required," Carter said.

France was the first country which took part in US-led air strikes in Iraq. Since DAESH carried out attacks in Paris in November, President Francois Hollande has ramped up French operations against the terror group, including in Syria, contributing to about 20 percent of coalition strikes.

"It’s not just about adding more planes, but also trainers to accelerate the speed with which local forces can retake territory against DAESH," a French defence ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

No Arab states from the region are joining the talks of top contributors to the campaign.

Carter said he would be discussing with his allies how to draw a greater contribution from the Sunni Arabs, who accuse the United States of not moving firmly enough against Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

"That’s something I want to hear from my counterparts over the next couple of days. How can we get them in the game? I have long said that Arabs, and Sunni Arabs, need to get in the game," he said.

A senior US defense official also acknowledged that many Arab allies have been occupied with the Saudi Arabian-led campaign against Houthi militia in Yemen.

TRTWorld, Reuters