WASHINGTON, June 21, 2016 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter released statements last night welcoming decisions by two coalition nations that he said would accelerate the effort to bring about a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Poland announced that it will deploy 60 special operations forces to Iraq, as well as four F-16s and associated personnel to Kuwait for reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria. New Zealand will keep up to 143 trainers for the partner-capacity-building mission at Taji, Iraq, until November 2018, will provide additional training of Iraqi security forces in Besmaya, and will authorize the training of stabilization forces.
Global Threat Requires Global Undertaking
Last week, Carter said, he discussed with Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz in Brussels and with New Zealand Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee in Stuttgart, Germany, his belief that the lasting defeat of ISIL must be a global undertaking, because ISIL is a global threat.
“Expanding the resources dedicated to the fight allows us to further accelerate the campaign,” Carter said of Poland’s decision to expand its counter-ISIL role. “I am grateful for the meaningful action of the Polish government following the meetings last week, and for the commitment from the Polish people to this fight.”
The secretary noted an earlier decision by New Zealand to deploy a C-130 Hercules and up to 40 personnel to support…