Top U.S. military brass and former administration officials are publicly pressuring the White House to consider taking the fight against the Islamic State into Syria, warning that the terror organization poses an unprecedented threat to the United States.
“ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They’re beyond just a terrorist group,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, adding that the U.S. will have to take a “cold, steely hard look” and “get ready.”
Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey spoke in ominous terms as they addressed the growing danger posed by the organization that aims to form a caliphate across northern Iraq and Syria, and possibly beyond.
Their comments suggested something more than a “limited” military mission — as the White House says is being pursued in Iraq — is ultimately needed to blunt, and defeat, the Islamic State.
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