US Pentagon chief vows ‘lasting defeat’ against ISIS

Kuwait: New Pentagon chief Ashton Carter Monday vowed “lasting defeat” against the ISIS as he summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort against the jihadis.


Only days after taking office, Carter convened the extraordinary meeting of more than two dozen senior military officers, ambassadors and intelligence officials at the sprawling U.S. Army base of Camp Arifjan.


Speaking to American troops at the base before the talks, Carter said the U.S.-led coalition was “pressing” ISIS “very ably from Kuwait and elsewhere.”


“And we will deliver lasting defeat, make no doubt,” he said.


Carter said he had called the meeting of commanders and officials “to sit around one table and talk about all of the dimensions of this campaign.”


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