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    US Not Currently Announcing Additional Resources to Iraq, Syria to Fight Daesh

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    The United States is not announcing at present any new resources to be sent to Iraq and Syria as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, White House press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a briefing on Tuesday.

    Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft carries out a strike against Daesh forces in Syria.
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said earlier in September that the US efforts are being bolstered by the addition of 560 US troops announced in July, and Washington stands ready to contribute more.

    "I don’t have any announcement at this point about additional commitment of resources to our efforts against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria," Earnest stated.

    However, the United States has been working to stop foreign fighters from heading overseas to enter the ranks of Daesh terrorists, and the number of people going to Iraq and Syria from the country has dropped substantially, Josh Earnest added.

    "We’re working all across the international community to try and shut down the flow foreign fighters, and I know that [FBI] Director [James] Comey had some comments earlier today that indicated that the flow of foreign fighters from the United States to Iraq and Syria has slowed significantly," Earnest stated.

    At the same time, according to Josh Earnest, the situation in Syria has been significantly declining in the past few days when it comes to the treatment of civilians by the government of Bashar Assad.

    "The situation there [Syria] has gotten worse in recent days, that the bombing has been more intense, that the pace of the military attacks against innocent civilians has only increased, that the willingness on the part of the Assad regime often times with the support of Russians has been more egregious in terms of targeting civilians and civilian facilities," Earnest stated.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The airstrikes in Syria, however, are not authorized by the legitimate government of President Bashar Assad or by the UN Security Council.

    Daesh is a designated terrorist organization that is outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries. The terror group captured Mosul in 2014, along with a number of other northern and western Iraqi settlements.


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