According to The New York Times newspaper, Officials from the United States and its allies in the fight against ISIL hammered out details about how to stabilize and govern the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the last big strongholds held by ISIL in the event that Iraqi and Syrian fighters retake the cities in the coming months.
“ISIL has suffered from significant setbacks on the ground, in Ramadi, Hit, Fallujah, Qaiyara and Manbij,” the French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told the group of officials at Joint Base Andrews, Md., using another name for ISIL, also known as ISIL. “However, we are aware that the fight will not stop in Iraq or Syria.
Officials said they were looking for additional ways to reduce the group’s power on social media, including ads and messaging as a counterweight to ISIL campaign encouraging people to take up arms against Western targets.
“We need to destroy the fact and the idea that there can be a state” belonging to the group, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said at a news conference after the meeting. “But that’s not the entirety of the campaign.”
He added that battlefield successes in Iraq and Syria had been “necessary, but that’s not going to be enough.”