Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday told Congress that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not contained and he has been urging U.S. allies to ramp up their efforts.
“The reality is we’re at war. That’s how our troops feel about it because they’re taking the fight to [ISIS] every day,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, chairman of the panel, asked Carter whether he agrees with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about ISIS not being contained.
“I agree with what General Dunford said, yes,” Carter replied.
Just a few weeks ago — hours before the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks — President Obama said that the terrorist group was contained. “From the start, our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq,” he told ABC News in an interview. “And in Syria, they’ll come in, they’ll leave. But you don’t see this systematic march by ISIL across the terrain.”