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    US Allies Unwilling to Create Ground Troops Contingent in Iraq - Carter

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    The creation of an international ground troop contingent against Daesh is desirable, but US allies have not expressed any willingness to commit to such an effort, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said in a hearing on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – During the hearing, Senator John McCain said the United States could send 10,000 ground troops in a 100,000 international contingent to liberate the Iraqi cities of Raqqa and Mosul from Daesh.

    "With respect to the option of a 9 to 1 ratio of international forces to US forces, that would be a highly desirable circumstance to be in," Carter stated. "I have no indication from those countries despite my a lot of effort of willingness to do that."

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq since summer 2014.

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