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    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that he wants the Pentagon’s new space center, the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center, to be involved in the fight against Daesh, The Washington Post reported.

    The secretive center also known as the JICSpOC was established by the Department of Defense in October on a military base in the countryside east of Colorado Springs.

    It has a role not only in preparing for potential conflicts against rival countries, but in counterterrorism, the article read.

    During his visit to the center, the Defense Secretary underscored that the center is capable of more than just "war games" with potential adversaries.

    "We need them to work right now on problems of space’s role in conflict — first of all, because we are in conflicts today. I’ll just remind you that we are in the counter-[Daesh] fight, and I have instructed our space community to join the fight, to figure out what we can do to contribute," Carter said.

    However, the secretary provided no details on what the center would do in the fight against the terrorists.

    "But his comments highlight aspects of its work. The center includes some officials from the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation’s spy satellites and works closely with the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies," the article read.

    Recently, Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the US Strategic Command, said that extremist organizations have accessed space-based technologies to encrypt their communications.

    The US-led has spearheaded an anti-Daesh coalition of nearly 60 nations since the summer of 2014. The coalition has been conducting airstrikes against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

    Daesh has been designated a terrorist organization and is outlawed in numerous countries, including in Russia and the United States.


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